By Brett Bowden
The time period “civilization” comes with significant luggage, dichotomizing humans, cultures, and histories as “civilized”—or no longer. whereas the assumption of civilization has been deployed all through historical past to justify all demeanour of interventions and sociopolitical engineering, few students have stopped to contemplate what the idea that truly capacity. right here, Brett Bowden examines how the belief of civilization has knowledgeable our puzzling over diplomacy over the process ten centuries.
From the Crusades to the colonial period to the worldwide warfare on terror, this sweeping quantity exposes “civilization” as a stage-managed account of heritage that legitimizes imperialism, uniformity, and conformity to Western criteria, culminating in a liberal-democratic international order. alongside the best way, Bowden explores the diversity of confrontations and conquests—as good as these peoples and areas excluded or swept aside—undertaken within the identify of civilization. Concluding that the “West and the remaining” have extra commonalities than differences,this provocative and fascinating bookultimately issues the way in which towards an actual intercivilizational discussion that emphasizes cooperation over clashes.
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