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Exploration, Exploitation and Enlightenment (1680 - 1820 AD)

Neil MacGregor goes back to the 18th century to look at the Age of the European Enlightenment, through five objects from different cultures around the world.

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Jade bi

5/5 Neil MacGregor with an object from the 18th century Chinese Enlightenment - a jade ring.

Sat 9 Oct 2010 00:30 BBC Radio 4

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  • Where these objects were found

    Where these objects were found

    86 Akan drum
    87 Hawaiian feather helmet
    88 North American buckskin map
    89 Australian bark shield
    90 Jade bi

  • Exploration, Exploitation and Enlightenment (AD 1680-1820)

    The Enlightenment (1680–1820) was an age in which scientific learning and philosophy flourished. Although often associated with reason, liberty and progress, the Enlightenment was also a period of European imperial expansion when the transatlantic slave trade was at its height. Important advances in navigation allowed European sailors to explore the Pacific more thoroughly, and for the first time the indigenous cultures of Hawaii and Australia were connected with the rest of the world. Europe was not the world’s only successful growing economy, China, under the Qing dynasty, was regarded by many as the greatest empire the world had ever seen.

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