The New Culture Forum THE WEST – Episode 1 – Liberty or Death

The West is the New Culture Forum’s landmark six-part documentary series exploring the history, achievements and genius of Western civilisation. Inspired by legendary TV programmes such as Civilisation, Kenneth Clark’s 1969 masterpiece, The West is a bold reminder of who we are — and why our culture is worth defending.

Episode 1: Liberty or Death Whatever happened to Western self-confidence? NCF Senior Fellow Marc Sidwell introduces this landmark series, and investigates the mystery of how the West lost faith in itself after the end of the Cold War. We then turn to the even greater mystery – how did the West emerge from primitive poverty in the ruins of Rome to dominate the world? Debunking the myth that the West’s exceptional achievements are founded on plunder and exploitation, we explore its unconventional and decidedly uncivilised origins in the rivalrous and individualistic culture of the barbarians and the patchwork of powers that emerged after the fall of Rome’s empire in Western Europe. But the West’s “long road to civilisation” would never have got started without a revolutionary faith from the East…

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Episode 2: The Christian Revolution

Episode 3: The Rule of Law

Episode 4: The Invention of Science

Episode 5: How Did The West Get So Rich?

Episode 6: Is The West History?


In six 30-40 minute episodes, The West offers a brand new, panoramic account of our extraordinary, unconventional civilisation. This is the great, and still unfolding adventure of Western civilisation: who we are and why it matters, retold for a new generation.

The West is written and presented by Marc Sidwell, Senior Fellow at the New Culture Forum and author of the NCF’s critically acclaimed book: “The Long March: How the Left Won the Culture War and What To Do About it”.

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