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A series of eight lectures by the Rev. V.A. Demant, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology and Canon of Christ Church, Oxford

The transition from market to controlled economy is not merely a change in economic and political systems. It represents also one of the ups and downs of civilisation. The decline of capitalism must therefore be considered as a vicissitude of civilisation. It is only partly true to say that capitalist society was opposed to and succeeded feudal society. The culture accompanying capitalism contained elements of an older economy. To this economy of a tribal society both capitalism and feudalism are opposed. The more radical change had already taken place when tribal conditions gave place to city and agrarian society. This raises the question as to whether we are returning to tribal conditions.

(Recording of broadcast on June 17)
(Last lecture: Saturday at 7.20)

followed by an interlude at 6.55


The Rev. Professor V.A. Demant

An allegory in verse by Kathleen Raine
The Showmen:
Marius Goring and Anthony Jacobs
Chorus: Robert Marsden
The music composed and conducted by Antony Hopkins Flora Nielsen (mezzo-soprano)
René Soames (tenor)
Owen Brannigan (bass-baritone)
BBC Chorus (men's voices)
BBC Opera Orchestra
Production by Douglas Cleverdon


Kathleen Raine
Marius Goring
Anthony Jacobs
Robert Marsden
Conducted By:
Antony Hopkins
René Soames
Owen Brannigan
Production By:
Douglas Cleverdon

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