The clash of civilizations and the remaking of world order

by Samuel P. Huntington

Hardcover, 1996




New York : Simon & Schuster, c1996.


In the summer of 1993 Foreign Affairs published an article entitled "The Clash of Civilizations?" by Samuel Huntington. No article, according to the editors of that distinguished journal, has generated more discussion since George Kennan's "X" article on containment in the 1940s. Now, Mr. Huntington expands on his article, explores further the issues he raised then, and develops many new penetrating and controversial analyses. In the article, he posed the question whether conflicts between civilizations would dominate the future of world politics. In the book, he gives his answer, showing not only how clashes between civilizations are the greatest threat to world peace but also how an international order based on civilizations is the best safeguard against war.… (more)

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LibraryThing member davidpwithun
While I don't always agree with Huntington's conclusions and opinions -- and I sometimes dispute his "facts" -- I must say that this book is an excellent introduction to the issues that we, inhabitants of the world, face as the world continues to "shrink" and members of such a great variety of civilizations and cultures are brought closer and closer together. "The other" is often more different from ourselves -- and more difficult to really understand -- than most of us would like to admit. Two features of this book that stood out to me as especially worthy of consideration were: 1. Huntington's consideration of what it is that makes Western Civilization different from the other civilizations of the world and 2. Huntington's examination of the roots of Islamic violence. In these two areas especially I think that his commentary is especially insightful and helpful. I recommend this book to all people of all civilizations as seek to live together peacefully in this complex world of ours.… (more)
LibraryThing member bmy78
An alarming but thorough analysis as to why the West is losing influence over the world. People are becoming better connected not through ideology, but through cultural identity. Huntington is a bit of an alarmist but he backs up his claims with case studies. He overdid the threat from China but was right on the money in predicting antagonism from Islam.

A good and worthy read.
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LibraryThing member ORFisHome
A consensus ground-breaking book about geopolitics and worldviews. Well enough written, but it was genuinely the book that really shook up my worldview and started me down the path to studying Biblical worldview and the interaction of divergent faiths.
LibraryThing member jcvogan1
The conclusions are not very happy, but this is a very well thought out book. His treatment of Africa and Latin America do leave a little to be desired, but neither is the real focus of the thesis.
LibraryThing member JBreedlove
The author argues that the political, social and economic interactions of "civilizations" will be the driving force of history since the Cold War ended.
LibraryThing member mangalayatan.uni
Huntington, Samuel P : The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Penguin Books, pp. 367, 1997. The central theme of the book is that the emerging global politics is driven by the conflict between groups from differing civilizations. Both the peace and civilization depend upon the understanding and cooperation among the political, spiritual, and intellectual leaders of the world’s major civilizations.… (more)
LibraryThing member mchan79
Controversial book that sparked a lot of debate. Huntington's view is that the next war will be a clash between cultures and religion.
LibraryThing member Scarchin
Amazing. Thought provoking. Scary.

This detailed, thoroughly researched book gave me quite a lot to think about regarding the dynamics of international relations.
Interestingly - it was written in the mid 90s, BEFORE 9-11 and all of the current economic and political upheaval.
What I took away from this:
-China will be the next dominant superpower
-Islam is going to be a force to be reckoned with -for good or ill -to a degree unsurpassed in history
-US intervention in the Middle East - regardless of the immediate "threat" solved- always winds up as a
bad idea long term

I finished this book a few weeks before the Libya mess started and I have a bad feeling about it. It fits the pattern to a T.
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LibraryThing member starcat
Comprehensive. Yet, the argument that civilizations are the base unit, and that they don't get along or trust each other, is very poorly argued, straw men litter the pages, separated often by strings of non-sequiturs. That being said, the analysis is still often very astute; even if Huntington is wrong, something like his thesis is most probably correct. All in all, worth reading, especially now that China, Russia, and Islam are all on the ascendant. Japan, heh, not so much. There's some pretty good humor to be found in the Japan parts of this book, written when it looked like Japan's strong economy was here to stay.
3 stars on oc
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LibraryThing member lukeasrodgers
Worth the time to read, particularly if you suspect you'll disagree with much of it. Huntington's argumentation is occasionally lazy, but is overall fairly persuasive. His points about multiculturalism that wrap the book up, however, do not come across as terribly thoughtful.



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