The Clash of Civilisation, a Summary

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The clash of civilization

The article „The Clash of civilization“ written by Samuel P. Huntington in 1992 discusses the topic what will be happen in the future when the world politics is entering a new phase and what global politics will be in the coming years. The author’s hypothesis focuses on the fact that the sources of conflicts will be release by culture. Moreover he´s maintaining that the clash of civilization will dominate global politics.

The meaning of civilization is here described, as “A civilization is a cultural entity”. Furthermore the meaning of civilization is described as the highest culture grouping of people and the broadest levels of cultural identity people have. Important factors are for example the language, religion, history, customs and also the subject self-identify of people. The composition and boundaries of civilization change is a result if people redefine there identifies. There are overlapping’s, blend and may also include sub civilizations in civilizations. Civilizations are not stainable. It is more dynamic, that means it can rise and fall and divide and merge. In the future civilization identify will be very important. There will be 8 mayor civilizations: Western, Confucian, Japanese, Islamic, Hindu, Slavic-Orthodox, Latin American and the African civilization. The interactions between people of different civilizations are increasing. A basis for identity and commitment that transcends national boundaries and unites civilization provides the “The revival of religion”. The west is at this time on the top of its power. That fact confronts non- Wests of having the desire if they will and the resources to shape the world in non-Western ways. On the one hand the cultural division of Europe between Western Christianity and on the other hand the Orthodox Christianity and Islame has reemerged. The “kin-country” syndrome is bringing back political ideology and traditional balance of power considerations as the...
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