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The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order [Paperback]

By Samuel P. Huntington (Author)
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Predicting greater future conflicts between Western and non-Western cultures, a political study argues for greater understanding of non-Western civilizations

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Based on the author's seminal article in Foreign Affairs, Samuel P. Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order is a provocative and prescient analysis of the state of world politics after the fall of communism. In this incisive work, the renowned political scientist explains how "civilizations" have replaced nations and ideologies as the driving force in global politics today and offers a brilliant analysis of the current climate and future possibilities of our world's volatile political culture.

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Studio: Simon & Schuster
Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 28, 1998
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
ISBN  0684844419  
ISBN13  9780684844411  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Samuel P. Huntington was Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University, and the author of Political Order in Changing Societies.

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Confirmed predictions  Apr 14, 2008
First published in 1996, this scholarly discussion of future international relations has been a classic from the beginning and will remain so for decades to come. From among the seven most important civilizations the author selected three, which may collide in conflict. Thus, in Moslem eyes Western culture is decadent in various ways and therefore utterly unacceptable. The current resurgence of the Islamic civilization is seen as an evolution no less significant than the Reformation or Marxism, demanding society's complete overhaul, renewal and purification, a movement whose impact on history will grow as the Moslem population will soon represent thirty percent of humanity. At the same time, Islam is seen as the least tolerant of religions, as it promotes peace inside their ranks but hostility toward the infidels outside.
Similarly, in East Asia, the Confucian civilization adheres to commandments like order, discipline, hard work and abstemiousness, where the individual subordinates to the needs of the community. Alien to them is what they call the West's sanctifying of human rights. Whereas we in the West expect our value system soon to become universal, the Confucian world is convinced that "the Anglo-Saxon module is not working" and that their own standards must of necessity apply to the rest of humanity. Here, again, the impact of such convictions will be immense as the center of gravity of economic power is rapidly shifting from the West to the East.
Out of such discordance, there arise economic and political contentions and military ones cannot be ruled out. Huntington believes possible conflicts could arise from a contest between Western arrogance, Islamic intolerance and Sinic assertiveness. The spark igniting material strife, however, will most likely be generated by more prosaic crises such as the youth bulge among the unemployed, terrorism, rivalry in the search of resources such as oil, and the pervasiveness of weapons of mass destruction among those who suffer and rebel.
The main message carried forth from this study is that any military clash in the future will most likely oppose not nations but rather civilizations in what he aptly calls fault-line wars. He points to the danger that such inter-civilizational feuds will be uncompromising and almost impossible to halt.
Huntington advises the reader that cultural universalism, so engrained in the mind of the West, is ill advised and that especially includes the American tendency to be "a nanny if not even a bully" in other civilizations. We must, he says, renounce universalism of values, and instead accept diversity and seek commonalities.
Since these thoughts were first published, much has been confirmed. The power shift toward East Asia is rapidly progressing. Fault-line conflicts in Afghanistan, the Middle East, Chechnya and the Balkans have resisted or defied peacemaking efforts. Our promotion of democracy, civil rights, and individualism has been rejected elsewhere in favor of soft authoritarianism. Most importantly, perhaps, is the West's failure to observe the "abstention rule", that is, for one civilization to abstain from invading the lands of another.
Every prospective world leader should read this book at least once.
Engrossing analysis of world order  Apr 7, 2008

This excellent book provides the reader with a view of the world based on civilizations - past, present and future. If you cannot find time to read the entire book, read the last chapter. It describes creditable circumstances under with a third world war could ignite.
A decent picture of world politics with some flaws  Mar 12, 2008
This book gives a decent picture of the current political situation of the world.

Especially w.r.t 9/11 and the ongoing clash between the west and Islam the books seems like prophecy. The author is also right on the money when he claims and explains the bloody borders of Islam and I wonder why there is any dispute about this. More analysis of how Christianity and Islam spread after conception would have been insightful. Yugoslav wars are analyzed quite well and I would like to find a refutation of this analysis by any of his political/academic rivals.

The author however does not provide an alternative to the western dependence on mid-east oil. Limited interference is fine but how to run the limping US economy?

The author seems to have a subtle sense of western cultural superiority but hides it well behind cultural relativism.

The author however laments that the west is losing its edge and that religion is fading away. Towards the end he says that to find truth is part of morality. Does he want people to find the truth but not live by it? He also gloats about the west's rule of law, secularism and individualism, some of which are frowned upon by the religious right. It seems like he is contradicting himself unless he appeals for religiousity purely for uniting the society. He claims that Christianity is one of the defining aspects of the current west while ceding that Sweden/Europe is quite non-religious. Being aware of totalitarianism of Islam he should have been careful while treading this line.

I would like to end the review with a few quotes from the book that are (sometimes painfully) true:

"The underlying problem for the west is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilization whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power."

"In civilizational conflicts, unlike idealogical ones, kin stand by their kin "(Comparing responses of EU governments to US actions against USSR and Muslims)

"Powerful societies are universalistic; weak societies are particularistic."

"In Islam god is Caesar, in China and Japan Caesar is god, in Orthodoxy god is Caesar's junior partner"
Here goes the next 50 years  Jan 2, 2008
The author delivers a great future cast rarely found in the historian world. This made the book great. While there is plenty to find out about the past, I always wondered what would the greatest historians of the world think of the future. Due their meticulous attitude few of them venture to speculate on facts that are not checked and double checked. Well, Samuel Huntington, is not that kind of historian. He develops on the future of the two main civilizations and the possible results. While I found him a bit too skeptical on the US future, I admire how well he's documenting his suppositions.
The most important think I got from the book is the fact that we all belong culturally somewhere and that is not necessarily the place where we were born. The early impressions in life mark us with tremendous prejudices, bound to clash with the world outside.
While looking for this book, I stumbled on "The World Without US" - a documentary similar in topic. After checking out the trailer at the film website, I got the DVD and it was quite good. It takes the premise of "America Alone" a step farther by asking, what would happen should the US withdraw its military completely from the world? Answering a hypothetical question is hard, for any author and filmmaker, however this movie did provide an answer. Weather you agree with or not I applaud the filmmakers for going on 5 continents in their quest. Check it out also.

The World Without US - With Niall Ferguson
A rehash with less pepper  Dec 16, 2007
Francis Yockey's "Imperium," written in 1948, pointed out the fact of Europe's decline long before Huntington did. Yockey himself based some of his insights on Otto Spengler's "The Decline of the West," conceived before but written after the ghastly genocide of WWI. Huntington's book is a pallid, scholarly exercise compared to the bold speculations of these two predecessors. It is important to read Yockey and Spengler to shake up all cliche'd thinking before turning to Huntington. For example, Yockey explains what it means to be a Westerner, a concept which has all but disappeared in the thin watery gruel of European and US multiculturalism. In "The Enemy of Europe" he notes that a true Westerner "is for Charles XII against the Russians, for England against the Indian mutiny, against the Zulus, and against China in the Opium War; for the Teutonic Knights against the Slav at Tannenberg; for Maximilian against Juarez; for the American colonists in the Alamo against Santa Ana; for Napoleon against Russia . . . . In these events, it was left only to chance which of the Western nationalities fought the Barbarian. The victory of any Western nation over an outer military force, whether Chinese, Hindu, Zulu, Islamic was a victory for all Europe and its colonies. Any European who gloats over the defeat of a Western nation brands himself politically and Culturally feeble-minded. For what distinction does the Barbarian make between Western nations? During the Second World War, the Japanese called the Germans 'friendly enemies' and the English 'hostile enemies.'"

The West is declining because it suicidally turned its guns upon itself in two civil wars (WWI,WWII) while simultaneously refusing to turn its guns on those alien cultures who began invading its territory as soon as it lay bleeding and prostrate. It's time for historically informed, strategic re-thinking about how best to defend the West, such as ending immigration from enemy cultures, particularly the primitive, Sharia-dominated Islamic culture. Alien apologists, such as Edward Said, wanted only to prevent this Western re-evaluation and re-birth, until parasitic cultures had thoroughly undermined and destroyed the West. If the West won't stand up for itself as a culture, it will be overwhelmed by cultures which have no similar, self-hating neuroses.

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