During his recent interview on "The Andrew Marr Show," Schama
said that Princess Diana was also felt throughout the entire wedding ceremony.
"More confused and confusing than a drunk driver negotiating Spaghetti Junction at rush hour" BBC arts editor Will Gompertz on historian Simon Schama
's new TV series Civilisations.
But if that should turn out to help build bridges of cultural understanding rather than demolish them, no one I think will be the worse off" - Simon Schama
defends the series.
presents this first episode (later ones see Mary Beard and David Olusoga take the reins), and he is passionate in his investigation of the origins of human creativity.
also travels to the civilisations of Petra in the Middle East and the Maya in Central America.
Volume one of Schama
's work appeared four years ago; if you can't wait for volume three, turn now to The Holocaust, A New History (Penguin).
As a bonus, the lively narrative is saturated with Schama
's broad erudition that most of us will find humbling.
The section I wish to focus on comes near the end, when Schama
addresses the emergence of Zionism in nineteenth century Europe -- and its ultimate impact on the Palestinians.
Highlights are Eric Carle's inscriptions in The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Simon Schama
's reference to a reviewer's comment in The Story of the Jews, and Michael Chabon's lengthy note in The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.
appears to be blissfully unaware of this paradox.
British historian and Columbia University professor Simon Schama
has published more than a dozen books and presented a number of documentaries for BBC and PBS.