Accession Number:

AD1022973

Title:

Where Are the Voices of Reason and Hope

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

Air Command And Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

This paper is a critique of Samuel Huntingtons book, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of Remaking of the World Order. His writing is first placed within its historical context, specifically as a response to Francis Fukuyamas end of history thesis. An overview of the book, section by section, follows. Arguments by authors from various cultures who responded to Huntingtons book and related article The Clash of Civilizations are reviewed to find common themes, resulting in three main sets of criticisms 1 the error of viewing civilizations as monolithic units, 2 the ethnocentric perspective displayed throughout the work, and 3 the faulty conclusion that the most dangerous conflicts in the future will be between civilizations. An alternative perspective, economic, is presented, along with concluding thoughts.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Humanities and History

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE