A nice short summary touching on the main points about what does and does not provide a sufficient basis for a modern civilization.
And here he is on Venice and the riddle of modern wealth and liberty.
If you go to this page you will find that Macfarlane has put an enormous number of videos onto You Tube. I have only scratched the surface, but this is clearly a treasure trove of good material.
Those of you who prefer text to video can find an enormous amount of interesting material on his web page.
Prof. Macfarlane writes in convincing fashion about many of the issues which we have been discussing on this blog: the rise of the modern world, the role of technology in social change, the centrality of liberty to the rise of the West, the key role of England and the English-speaking countries in the modern world (though he does not use the word Anglosphere), the critical role of civil society and free association, the cultural and social and legal foundations of modernity.