RDGS Ch. 9 Huntington - civilization consciousness and...

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Brittany Stephen PSC 332 August 10, 2010 The Clash of Civilizations? – Huntington I. Thesis: The fundamental source of conflict in this new world will not be primarily ideological or primarily economic, but the dominating source of conflict will be cultural; the principal conflicts of global politics will occur between nations and groups of different civilizations. a. In 1793, R.R. Palmer said, “The wars of kings were over; the wars of peoples had begun.” This lasted until the end of WWI, when the conflict of nations yielded to the conflict of ideologies. b. Civilizations are differentiated from each other by history, language, culture, tradition, and religion. These are more fundamental than differences among political ideologies and political regimes. c. Increasing interactions among peoples of different civilizations intensify
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Unformatted text preview: civilization consciousness and awareness of differences between civilizations and commonalities within civilizations. d. Cultural characteristics and differences are less mutable and, thus, less easily compromised and resolved than political and economic differences. e. The most significant dividing line in Europe is most likely the eastern boundary of Western Christianity in the year 1500. II. International relations will increasingly be de-Westernized and become a game in which non-Western civilizations are actors and not simply objects. III. In the future, there will be no universal civilization, but instead a world of different civilizations, each of which will have to learn to coexist with others....
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