Kenneth Clark's sweeping narrative looks at how Western Europe evolved in the wake of the collapse of the Roman Empire, to produce the ideas, books, buildings, works of art and great individuals that make up our civilisation. Against these historical backgrounds he sketches an extraordinary cast of characters -- the men and women who gave new energy to civilisation and expanded our understanding of the world and of ourselves.
What Paul Graham says
Kenneth Clark was a star in his day, thanks to the documentary series ‘Civilisation’. And if you read only one book about art history, ‘Civilisation’ is the one I’d recommend. It’s much better than the drab Sears Catalogs of art that undergraduates are forced to buy for Art History 101.