POLI 227 - THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS

POLI 227 - THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS - THE CLASH OF...

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THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS? SAMUEL P. HUNTINGTON THESIS Huntington believed that the main source of conflict in the post-Cold War era would be a result of cultural rather than ideological differences SUMMARY Huntington argues that the French Revolution saw the source of conflict move from between absolute monarchs attempting to expand their territory and power to nations. Then as a result of the Russian Revolution and reaction to it, conflict became the result of ideologies, and then during the Cold War conflict was between the two superpowers. Huntington’s argument is that with the end of the Cold War, conflict changed from primarily within Western civilization to conflict between non-Western and Western civilizations He defines a civilization as a culture entity with shared common objective elements (such as language, history, religion, customs, institutions) and as the subjective self-identification of the people o His definition of a civilization ranges from a large group of people (as with China) or a small number of people (such as the Anglophone Caribbean) o Huntington also states that a civilization way include several nation-
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2010 for the course POLI 227 taught by Professor Narendrasubramanian during the Winter '08 term at McGill.

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POLI 227 - THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS - THE CLASH OF...

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