The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

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The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order This book was fascinating in some senses but I did not agree with everything that Huntington had to say throughout the book. Some of the points hit on through out the book are the fact that the West, more specifically the U.S. is in a decline from being the dominating Civilization in the world. Another point that he makes is the reason that wars are starting has shifted away from princes and kingdoms, to now being fought over culture. Lastly he touches on is his hypothesis on what could happen in the world’s future, and the cure for the downfall of the U.S, he also explains how religion is not confined to certain areas and should not be how a government runs its country. Huntington responds to people thinking that the West still being the dominate force in civilization to people by giving a different and pretty thought provoking insight. That the new era will be filled with lots of violence and the West will find itself at a disadvantage. The people in this great struggle will be different civilization. Huntington believes that people with different cultures are pulling apart from each other because of the severe love for themselves that cause for hatred against people that are not of the same culture. In this new time culture and religion are the main cause of controversy over what was once politics and ideology. During the cold war the question was really what side are you on? Now in the conflicts people are asking who are you? For Huntington, the answer to that question lies, first and foremost, in religion. He thinks that in the modern world religion is the main driving force in cultures. As a result, any civilization bears the permanent imprint of the religious tradition that predominates among its peoples, in the West, for instance, Christianity. A clash between civilizations is thus a struggle 1
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not between politics but between religions. Redrawing the geographical map along cultural lines, Huntington identifies eight distinctive civilizations: Islamic, Sinic, Western, Orthodox, Japanese, Hindu, Latin American, and African. The last two count for very little. Each of the others is likely to have an important role in the forthcoming struggle, but Islam, the West, and China constitute a whole different level, with the most dangerous clashes of the future, likely to arise from the interaction of Western arrogance, Islamic intolerance, and Sinic assertiveness. The biggest reason for this according to Huntington is the fact that the West, mostly the U.S., is convinced that our way is best and we are trying to press our democracy upon the rest of the
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This essay was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course GOV 3322 taught by Professor Garza during the Spring '08 term at Angelo State.

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