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Samuel Huntington and the American Way of War

Ringmar, Erik LU (2017) In The Clash of Civilizations: 25 Years On
Abstract (Swedish)
In the 25 years that have passed since the publication of Huntington's “Clash of Civilizations” article it has become clear why his thesis fails. Understood as an explanation of the logic of world politics his argument is simply untenable. Moreover, the argument is offensive. It is offensive to be boxed into a “civilization” and to be told that you are the same as the people confined to the same box, and that you are sufficiently different from the people confined to other boxes for there to be confrontations between you. For the past 25 years, Huntington's thesis has encouraged an expansionist foreign policy which has produced just the kinds of wars it purports to explain.
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civilizations, clash of civilizations, Samuel Huntington, world history, Islamic civilization
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The Clash of Civilizations: 25 Years On
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Orsi, Davide and
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E-International Relations Publishing
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  abstract     = {In the 25 years that have passed since the publication of Huntington's “Clash of Civilizations” article it has become clear why his thesis fails. Understood as an explanation of the logic of world politics his argument is simply untenable. Moreover, the argument is offensive.  It is offensive to be boxed into a “civilization” and to be told that you are the same as the people confined to the same box, and that you are sufficiently different from the people confined to other boxes for there to be confrontations between you. For the past 25 years, Huntington's thesis has encouraged an expansionist foreign policy which has produced just the kinds of wars it purports to explain.},
  author       = {Ringmar, Erik},
  editor       = {Orsi, Davide},
  keyword      = {civilizations,clash of civilizations,Samuel Huntington,world history,Islamic civilization},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {E-International Relations Publishing},
  series       = {The Clash of Civilizations: 25 Years On},
  title        = {Samuel Huntington and the American Way of War},
  year         = {2017},
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