Since my post on Civilisations has had exponentially more readers than anything I have written before, I am doing a follow-up post on the television original. I write as a deep admirer of Kenneth Clark, the quality of his writing and of his mind, his wide frame of cultural reference, including music and literature (he could quote Burns from memory) and his ability to communicate with a global audience about the qualities and characteristics of European art and culture. But his cultural attitudes and beliefs were formed at Winchester and Oxford in the early 1920s and then by working under Bernard Berenson in the late 1920s. His description of Civilisation was not merely Euro-centric, but omitted much of northern Europe, the whole of Spain, and Eastern Europe as well, not to mention India, China, Japan and America. He was mournful of his inability to relate to art after the second world war. So, it is surely wrong to be too nostalgic about his view of Civilisation, and right to celebrate a broader and more international view of Civilisations in the plural.