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Kenneth Clark - Hope in today's youth - 1969 - Civilisation

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Uploaded on Apr 7, 2009

As he draws close to the end of his 13-part series, K-Clark compares the youth of his time favourably: as more educated than the "Top Men" of previous generations (who he proclaims were as "ignorant as swans"!!!); and sees their opportunities and character as proof that this time is not entering "a new age of barbarism" (as with the fall of the Roman Empire, leading to a period in counterpoint to his idea of western civilisation). This is despite clearly having the spectre of the recent rampage of Nazism looming large in his mind.

In short, between "...the isolation, the lack of mobility, the lack of curiosity, the hopelessness..." of the Dark Ages, versus the youth of the late-1960s being "...well-fed, ...well-read, ...bright-minded, ...curious, and ...critical", there is no choice. For him, these students are a clear sign of hope for civilisation as it stands (as the 1970s begins).

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