It’s all about the science

BBC History Magazine - - Letters -

I did not find your his­to­ri­ans’ views on civil­i­sa­tion con­vinc­ing ( A New Civil­i­sa­tion Rises, March).

Art is very jolly, but its in­flu­ence on civil­i­sa­tion is min­i­mal. Civil­i­sa­tions are mainly de­pen­dent on, and char­ac­terised by, the level of their tech­nol­ogy. Most his­to­ri­ans know lit­tle science and so find it com­fort­able to ig­nore it. Hence the ex­ag­ger­a­tion of art’s im­por­tance. Dr John Wes­son, Abing­don

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