Comparative Civilizations Review

Articles from No. 81, Fall

A Fateful Acquaintance
HE HIKED PENSIVELY THROUGH THE marshy and sparsely wooded landscape of the province of Guangxi. His head hung low, and though his body moved in a purposeful direction, his mind spun and wandered more than usual. He had just returned from the desert regions...
A Physics for Civilization
Editor's Note: The following paper, retrieved from the archives at Dickinson College, was presented at a session on the economic origins of civilizations and on the death of civilizations, at the 1980 Annual Conference of the International Society for...
Chiming the Hours of History: The Historiosophy of Pitirim A. Sorokin as a Spring of His Integralistic Sociocultural Paradigm
"He goes deeper and ultimately higher."French pianist Helene Grimaud about Beethoven"Almost all great sociological systems are a brand of philosophy of history, and ... most of the great philosophies of history are a sort of sociology of cultural change."Pitirim...
Crisis and Renewal of Civilizations: The 21st Century Crisis of Ideas and Character
Marek J. Celinski (editor). Crisis and Renewal of Civilizations: The 21st Century Crisis of Ideas and Character. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2015The editor and co-author, who is a practicing clinical psychologist, analyzes the state of civilization...
Editor's Note
Fall 2019Happily, it appears from recent data published and distributed to the journal that the Comparative Civilizations Review is being widely read. But exactly how many people worldwide are reading the journal? It's not easy to arrive at a single...
Europeans Abroad, 1450-1750
David Ringrose. Europeans Abroad, 1450-1750. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018David Ringrose reveals just how much early modern world history needs revision. For decades the post-colonialist historiography has given undue emphasis to the rise of Western...
Phoenicians: The Quickening of Western Civilization
Editor's Note: This article builds upon a preliminary version sketched out last year and published in the journal on Pages 25 to 40, issue No. 78, Spring 2018. It represents in our view an important addition to scholarship on a significant and foundational...
Piotr Dutkiewicz and Richard Sakwa. 22 Ideas to Fix the World. SSRC 7 NYU Press, New York/London, 2013
Piotr Dutkiewicz and Richard Sakwa. 22 Ideas to Fix the World. SSRC 7 NYU Press, New York/London, 2013While procrastinating from writing this review I picked up the August 5 (2019) edition of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine to find multiple page of the...
Readers: An Invitation to a Continuing Debate
For many years, the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations has debated a central conundrum: Can we even define "civilization?"BackgroundThe organization was created in 1961, with a conference held at Salzburg, Austria. Scholars...
Spengler's "Magian" Classification Applied to an Unrecognized Ecumene: The near East, 1500 to 0 BCE: The Magian I World-View
Editor's Note: Dr. David B. Richardson was a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Edinboro State College (now Edinboro University), Edinboro, Pennsylvania, and an active member of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations...
The Comparative Study of Civilizations and Its Relation to China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Chinese scholars have recently expressed much interest in the comparative study of civilizations, lately carried on mostly in the West, but long open to, and increasingly of interest to, diverse perspectives....
The Element-Based Method of Civilization Study
IntroductionThe study of civilization is about 150+ years old, marked by the contributions of such pioneers as Nikolay Danilevsky (1822-1885), Fukuzawa Yukichi (1867-1916), Oswald Spengler (1880-1936), Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975), Feliks Koneczny (1862-1949),...
The Exclusions of Civilization: Indigenous Peoples in the Story of International Society/The Civilization of Perpetual Movement: Nomads in the Modern World
Mark Pearcey. The Exclusions of Civilization: Indigenous Peoples in the Story of International Society. New York: Palgrave, 2016Nick McDonell. The Civilization of Perpetual Movement: Nomads in the Modern World. London; Hurst, 2016Both Mark Pearcey's...
The Twisted Mirror of Perception: Social Science in Service of Political/Ideological Expediency - the Case of Russian Eurasianism
The Twisted Mirror of Perception: Social Science in Service of Political/Ideological Expediency - The Case of Russian EurasianismThere are many reasons why certain creeds or phenomena from foreign countries remain unknown in the West. They could be almost...
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