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The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

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"Sam Huntington, one of the West's most eminent political scientists, presents a challenging framework for understanding the realities of global politics in the next century. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order is one of the most important books to have emerged since the end of the Cold War." --HENRY A. KISSINGER

Based on the author's seminal article
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Paperback, First Touchstone Edition, 368 pages
Published 1998 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1996)
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Miltiadis Michalopoulos My answer is definitely NO. The political and historical views in the book have nothing to do with the Jewish origin of the author. Whenever he speaks…moreMy answer is definitely NO. The political and historical views in the book have nothing to do with the Jewish origin of the author. Whenever he speaks about Israel or the Jews he treats them objectively and he doesnt hesitate to criticize them. (less)
Razique Mahroua Hi Ted, I would disagree. I do not know the author's political affiliations or positions towards US's foreign policies. He openly discusses US decline…moreHi Ted, I would disagree. I do not know the author's political affiliations or positions towards US's foreign policies. He openly discusses US decline of power and the necessity to find collective agreements as to prevent clashes between civilizations. I was concerned that indeed he would be biased toward supporting US efforts to impose itself as a global dominance, but I seldom found that. Were there chapters that stood out more for you? I am curious(less)

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Huyen
Dec 22, 2007 rated it did not like it
This is a masterpiece of scare mongering, not recommended for the faint of heart. Sage Huntington can make you groan inside: omg, tomorrow there will be a massive conspiracy between the democracy-hating Sinic and Islamic civilizations (whatever that means) to destroy our democracy, civilized society and freedom and push us back to the Dark Ages. Don’t you see how they’ve already started infiltrating the US government with an African Muslim communist called Obama? And hapless America will heroica ...more
Riku Sayuj
The Preservation of The West
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Making America Great Again

Huntington polarized his readers, being a book the liberals would rather not believe as it implies religious and cultural differences will continue to divide humanity, and also one that the right would rather ignore, preferring Fukuyama's thesis of Capitalism as the supreme achievement of mankind, over this more accommodating world-view.

Now we are far enough from the end of the Cold War to be able to judge this book more fairly. In the imme
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William
Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
"Clash of Civilizations" is an easy book to misread. Many have taken Huntington to task because he pessimistically forecasted a world of discord following the Cold War. The headlines of the past decade beg to differ.

The world according to Samuel Huntington was going to reset to its multi-polar default setting, each pole being the center of a culture/religion/ethnicity that had always existed in world history. The border regions between these centers were going to be fraught with friction and co
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Mikey B.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is still a very valid book today. The author’s premise is that with the collapse of communism and the break-up of the Soviet Union, the Cold War is over and therefore we need a new paradigm in which to view our world. We are back to the basics of culture and religion.

Mr. Huntington constructs a frightful world; whereas, before, there could be rationality between liberal democracy and the communist block, the room for agreement between absolutist religions in the Islamic and Western Christia
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Adrian
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is over 10 years since I read Samuel Huntington's full length expansion of his classic Foreign Affairs article. This was read during my final year at university, and back then, it was fashionable amongst many to refute, or outrightly mock Professor Huntington's disturbing piece of work. The work was derided amongst my fellow students, it was frequently derieded amongst academia, it is something of a fashion statement to deride Huntington's work. Why?
Could it be, perhaps, because of a deep, in
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Farhan Khalid
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, political
Hypothesis

It is my hypothesis that the fundamental source of conflict in this new world will not be primarily ideological or primarily economic. The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. Nation states will remain the most powerful actors in world affairs, but the principal conflicts of global politics will occur between nations and groups of different civilizations. The clash of civilizations will dominate global politics. The fault lines betwee
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Jan Hidders
Sep 15, 2011 rated it liked it
There is no doubt that this is a must-read if you are interested in global politics. That does not mean that I think the book is right. Quite the contrary, I think the book is dangerously oversimplifying the current situation in world politics and trying to shoe-horn world events into a seductively simple-looking world view that, although advertised as a new paradigm, looks suspiciously like the cold-war paradigm on steroids. Since the human mind often prefers such simple explanations over more ...more
Hans
Jun 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: political
A pretty decent book. I enjoyed it and his thesis was intriguing though a little simplistic and not entirely original. We as westerners sure do have an obsession with breaking everything down into nice little neat packages so they can be better classified and studied. That is both the strength and weakness of this book. If only cultures and civilizations were so easy to just lump people together under one stereotype wow that would make the world much more predictable than it is. Alas the world i ...more
Jacob Aitken
should have picked up Huntingdon's work earlier. It is awesome. He argues (or at least the structure of his thought necessarily suggests such) that the utopian vision of liberal democracy (whether right or left-wing) has failed miserably and that societies will revert back to their original civilizational paradigms.



By that he doesn't mean that societies will simply turn back the clock. Rather, the civilizations from which nation-states emerged have a stronger pull upon the states that some post-
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Mamluk Qayser
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I really don’t sense the hostility and controversy mentioned by others in the book. He is a white Western guy who is proud and ready to defend their Western ideals. And, I am a non-Western Muslim guy who is also proud and ready to defend my ideals. Does that makes both of us xenophobic, fascist and warmongers? If it’s a yes, then everybody who stood up when their national anthem played or cheered for their team in football match are racists. Everybody tends to fall into one of the two extreme po ...more
Aurelia
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Throughout human History, humans engaged in power struggles, over territories, resources or simply prestige. This is an undeniable simple fact about humans. Today’s world is no different. For any major power, supposed to defend and expand its influence on a global scale, a relative degree of understanding is necessary before to take action, a sort of theoretical model. Just as the Cold War model was the framework for the 20th century, which political scientists and leaders used to make sense of ...more
Mark
Mar 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Huntington challenged my thinking on several issues:
1. Culture at the macro, or "civilizational" level plays a fundamental role in global politics - including conflict. In fact, it plays a more enduring role than ideology.

2. Western culture isn't necessarily destined to become universal (I admit that I believed - and still do sometimes - otherwise), in fact, Western civilization is in fact in decline based on several measures such as population, wealth, political, and military influence.

3. Confl
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Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
I have been meaning to get around to this book for awhile. It is certainly influential. it is so influential that it may feed somewhat into the problems it forecasts like Spengler in 30s Germany. however I don't want to beat on the messenger too much. Some of schema of differing civilizations has some truth and modernization is nor westernization. However with grand theories like declines of the West or clashes of civilizations they too simplistic and worse yet too polarizing. But such books and ...more
Aashish
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I found this book seminal in its content and coverage for three key reasons:

- The book is based on an essay written in 1993, post which various editions were published 1996 through 1998 in the first go. The applicability of the ideas and the constructs of the author are valid 20 years later. In fact many of the civilizational fault lines the author covers are manifesting as is 2 decades hence. It is easy to rate or berate anthropology / sociology texts based on their analysis of historical event
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Rodney Harvill
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was written in 1996, a few years after the end of the Cold War, and introduced a world order paradigm based on conflict between civilizations (as opposed to ideologies such as capitalism vs communism). The material is obviously dated, but the author made some good points to consider.

The use in the book of the break-up of Yugoslavia and the resulting civil war between Catholic Croatians, Orthodox Serbs and Islamic Bosnians got my attention. (I had spent several months in 1993 cruising u
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Vaso
May 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Huntington refers to the post-Cold War era in his hypothesis that cultural differences in our international society will lead to conflict. He comments on the importance of borders among nation states and perpetuates the realist notion that cultural differences can only lead to conflict. Instead of embracing the differences that unite us, he states that some actors are bound to be more powerful, hence conflict is inevitable. When referring to the “great cultural divisions” he brings as the princi ...more
Carolina Liechtenstein
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: geopolitics
This book seems a bit right wing in nature, and anti multiculturalist. It draws a very gloomy picture of how western civilization is going into decline, and how people will get maimed, enslaved and tortured by emerging less civilized hordes. This may not be far from the truth if we, as humankind, fail to continue to advance in education and opportunity. Huntington draws a bleak picture without fully citing other outcomes for western civilization. Many other writers see more positive outcomes due ...more
Eugene Debs
Samuel masked by his academic credential want you to know that there will be clash because of our different culture. You know what, don't believe this fairy tale, these ideologiy is important for the survival of military contractor, it has nothing to do with us, ordinary citizen, we can, and we have already co-existed from the time immemorial. I suggest you read Edward Said's Orientalism instead.
Nabanshu
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
The biggest test of a theory is it's predictive ability. That's where it fails. Eurozone has remained intact. China is having its own skirmishes with its neighbours. A pan Islamic alliance is still not near. The book probably isn't important at all.
The  Conch
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: global
“When the civilization, no longer able to defend itself because it is no longer willing to defend itself, lies wide open to ’barbarian invaders,’ ” who often come from “another, younger, more powerful civilization.” Quigley, Evolution of Civilizations

The above quote is so true for each major civilizations of the world. The book is all about clash between civilization, both past, present and future. It is on-going battle right from first evolution of human till date.

The central idea of the book
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Veronica
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
I have found that political works—especially those suffused with predictions of future world events—simply do not age well.

Huntington's central thesis that the post-Cold war order will be drawn along cultural and social lines remains relevant to modern 21st century politics. But I was irked by many of his forecasts.

For example, he predicted that Mandarin would replace English as a lingua franca for the new age. Given the enormous population of China it's not easy to see why this is a fairly unr
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Seth
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
The thesis was so simple it was as if I had always believed it but I was unfair to take credit for assuming the simplicity was something that I had synthesized prior to reading the book.

Huntington, clarifies what seems so obvious. That the world clusters by civilizational boundaries. People tend to fight with or against one another based upon multiple cultural factors that make up one's civilizational heritage rather than superficial borders created by a nation state. Thus, Democracy and Commun
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Joe
Mar 21, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a decent book in the manner that the author covers many different aspects of interaction between different cultures and civilizations, with a lot of research and some adequate analysis. It is however, in my opinion, deeply flawed; as a lot of missing factors were neglected, either because of a lack of space or concern by the author. I would not recommend it to anyone as a primer on international relations, however for further study there are some good points to be considered. His analysi ...more
sologdin
Jun 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
Schematic rip-off of Toynbee. An embarrassment. Gained popularity in the early 2000s because greaseballs thought it authorized killing moslems.
David Withun
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
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Cary
When Civilizations Clash
 
This book is as ambitious as its full title--The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of the World Order--is long. Published in 1997, its author, Samuel Huntington, lays out what he sees as the new alignment of the world in the wake of the end of the Cold War and the sudden disappearance of the communist block as the arch-foe of the NATO countries and their allies and client states.
 
The year was probably just enough time after the 50 years of tension to see the inklin
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Charlie Serocold
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at contemporary civilizations and the contrasts between them.

The author analyzes these contrasts and considers them dangerously divisive arguing that have already caused wars and conflicts, and that they will do so again - citing various examples of where these have already occurred and where they will in the future.

He lists the major contemporary civilizations as Sinic, Japanese, Hindu, Islamic, Orthodox, Western, Latin American and (possibly) African. I enjoyed reading his
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Gular Marx Potter
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The summary of the reasons of all the Political problems in Today's world.
Bojan Tunguz
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Cold War ended about a quarter of a century ago. Its end ushered in a great hope for the future of humanity, a future that many had hoped would be free from wars and other devastating conflicts. The liberal Western democracy seemed to be marching triumphant, and with an exception of a few holdouts (China being the biggest and most important one) its future, and the future of the world order based on its principles, seemed assured. In the memorable phrase of Francis Fukuyama, history was over ...more
Khurram Shehzad
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the masterpieces of the modern world, the book clearly identifies the great and unique civilizations of the world including Sinic, Japanese, Hindu, Islamic, Orthodox, Western, Latin American and possibly African. The division of these civilizations in lone, cleft and torn countries is a result of influence of (mainly) the Western Civilization over others. The major argument of the book, that the world is divided into a Western one and non-Western many would raise many eyebrows.
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Samuel Phillips Huntington was an American political scientist who gained prominence through his "Clash of Civilizations"(1993, 1996) thesis of a new post-Cold War world order. Previously, his academic reputation had rested on his analysis of the relationship between the military and the civil government, his investigation of coups d'etat and for his more recent analysis of threats posed to the U. ...more

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