Academic journal article et Cetera

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

Academic journal article et Cetera

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

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Samuel P. Huntington. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996.

In the summer of 1993, an article by Samuel P. Huntington in Foreign Affairs entitled "The Clash of Civilizations?" posed the question of whether conflicts between civilizations would dominate the future of world politics. That article garnered the largest response that Foreign Affairs has had since the even more famous article of 1948 in which "X" (actually George F. Kennan) advanced the containment doctrine to deal with the Soviet Union.

Huntington, a Harvard University professor, has expanded his article into a complex and well-reasoned book which analyzes key issues and presents significant information. It includes:

a discussion of the nature, identity and dynamics of civilization throughout history. He also categorizes and describes the major contemporary civilizations that make up the post-Cold War world: Sinic (Chinese), Japanese, Hindu, Islam, Western, Latin American, and African (possibly).

A critique of the concept of "universal civilization." Huntington focuses on the role of modernization and westernization and shows how they do not necessarily go together, and that non-Western societies increasingly want to become modern but not Western.

The dominance and decline of Western power. …

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