The New Culture Forum THE WEST – Episode 5 – How Did the West REALLY Get So Rich?

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 5: How Did The West REALLY Get So Rich?

Beginning with the age of exploration, this episode plunges into the West’s tumultuous and at times traumatic expansion out of Europe. From the accidental discovery of the Americas to the British Empire’s ending of the slave trade, Marc Sidwell offers a nuanced account of the West’s imperial and colonial phase. He also demolishes the persistent myth that slavery and plunder made the West rich, revealing instead the real answer: economic growth powered by industrial capitalism.

Coming shortly:
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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