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with…we will be forced to readjust ourselves continually to change” (Servan-Schreiber, 98). Thus, Servan-Schreiber recognizes that technology will continue to cause constant change in the international scene, and that France must “readjust” to meet these changes. Both Benjamin Barber and Samuel Huntington believe that historic experience will be important in the future; however, both authors argue that cultural and economic differences will be the cause for conflict in the future. In Jihad vs. McWorld Barber states that using historical documents and events can help prepare for the future, for he writes, “Recommended reading for democrats of the twenty-first century is not the US. Constitution or the French Declaration of Right of Man, but the Articles of Confederation” (Barber, 63). This suggestion shows how Barber understands the importance of history and how historic experience can be used to look into the twenty- first century. Samuel Huntington also believes that history will be relevant in the future, especially in his discussion about Western civilizations diverging from Non-Western civilizations. Huntington argues that this divergence is caused by historical differences in culture and values, for he writes, “Non-Western civilizations will continue to attempt to acquire the wealth, technology, skills, machines and weapons that are part of being modern. They will also attempt to reconcile this modernity with their traditional culture and values” (Huntington, 49). Therefore, it is clear that Barber and Huntington concur on the notion that historic experience will prove relevant in the future, for they both use historical examples in their writings and both understand the importance of history. Given Barber and Huntington’s outlook on globalization, tribalism, and culture, what can we expect in the future? Huntington states that the West will increasingly have
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to accommodate to Non-Western civilizations whose power approaches that of the West but whose values and interests differ significantly from the West. Barber advises us to “Think globally, act locally” and encourages the union of semi-autonomous communities smaller than nation-states, tied together into regional economic associations and markets larger than nation states (Barber, 63). For the relevant 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; thus, we need history to understand and learn how to coexist with civilizations with different values and cultures. In summation, we have analyzed this detailed statement about globalization from social, political, and economic perspectives. We have also looked at the evolution of the term globalization (Cold War vs. present day) and its connection with the imperialism of the 19 th century. More importantly we have seen how globalization has presented a challenge to democracy and will continue to raise conflict and controversy in the future.
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