Comparative Civilizations Review

Articles from No. 62, Spring

A Companion to Archaeology
Bintliff, John, ed., A Companion to Archaeology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004.The word archaeology conjures up images of people in pith helmets digging into the sandy earth of the desert or monumental buildings rising above jungle foliage. But...
A Note from the Editors
In Fall, 2004, this journal published the first of a series of papers that made the claim that Palaeolithic art is more than art - it is writing, and it was at that time understandable by people living everywhere on earth. It has proven difficult for...
A Symbol in the Ceiling Mural in the Cave of Altamira
The great painted and engraved mural on the ceiling in the cave of Altamira in northern Spain contains an abstract symbol in a band of Summer animal images. The mural is dated to the Magdalenian culture, c. 13,500 years BP.Here I read three parts of...
Can Religion Mitigate the Clash of Civilizations?
IntroductionSamuel D. Huntington, one of the 20th century's best historians, died on Christmas Eve, 2008. His obituary has been widely observed in the press, and those of us who were galvanized by his 1993 essay in Foreign Affairs Magazine: "Clash of...
Capitalism, Internationalism and Socialism in A Time of Globalization
This paper will debate Marxist propositions, presented since the mid-19"1 century, about capitalism, socialism and internationalism. According to Marx, socialism would replace capitalism and internationalism would occur through the dissolution of nation...
Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
Kasia Szpakowska, Daily Life in Ancient Egypt Blackwell, 2008.BiIl Brison, Judas: Beloved Disciple. Kendal, U.K.: Titus Wilson & Son, 2009.Reading these two books over the same period, it is difficult to avoid being struck by the range of methods...
Did Islam Destroy Classical Civilization?
IntroductionMuch of what I say in the article below goes so much against received wisdom that it might initially seem wrong, even obviously wrong. The notion, for example, that Christianity was inherently violent and intolerant is now so deeply ingrained...
Editor's Note
Comparative Civilizations is hardly an arcane subject, it appears. At least, if one believes Google. There are 11,500,000 listings on Google for the topic. In addition, there are:* 13,700,000 for the future of civilizations* 7,890,000 for "the future...
Europe between the Oceans-9000 BC-AD 1000
Barry Cunliffe, Europe Between the Oceans-9000 BC-AD 1000. Yale University Press, 2008.Scholars are once again exploring why Europe, which appears to be just an insignificant geographic appendage to Asia, has risen to world dominance in the past thousand...
Information Technology and Societal Development
Andrew Targowski, Information Technology and Societal Development. Information Science Reference, 2008.Information Technology and Societal Development is a massive work - a book consisting of 440 pages, each 8.5 inches by 11 inches - which covers many...
On Giants' Shoulders: The 1961 Salzburg Meeting of the ISCSC
"A dwarf on a giant's shoulders sees farther of the two."George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum, 1651."What Descartes did was a good step.... IfI have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants. "Sir Isaac Newton, letter to Robert Hooke,...
Reinventing the Orient: Herod's Feast and the 19th Century French Imagination
IntroductionAccounts of Herod's birthday celebration featuring Salome's lubricious dance, which culminates in the decapitation of Saint John the Baptist, appear in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew2, constituting the sole erotic moment in the New Testament....
The Clash of Peoples in Civilizations; A Comparative Modeling Perspective
ABSTRACTThe purpose of this study is to analyze concepts of diversity when applied at the level of such large entities as race, ethnicity, society, nation, empire, state, and civilization as compared to groups integrated by common values and/or interests,...
War, Peace and Civilizations
IdentificationsIn order to discuss this rather broad set of relationships, it is probably desirable to limit the contexts. Definitions of war, peace and civilizations are all controversial, so rather than attempt them, it may be well to identify what...
Will Business End or Revive Western Civilization? from Malthusian Trap to Business Growth Trap from Paranoia to Metanoia
IntroductionAccording to several authors, Western Civilization has been at the crossroads since the 20th century, developing vastly in the process of industrialization and as a result, it has passed through negative cultural challenges. Among them one...

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