A Summary Of The Clash Of Civilizations

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Cultural differences among humankind have long existed and can be traced down to the early beginnings of human race. Even nowadays conflicts between civilization exist without the necessity of there being confrontation between each other. In “The Clash of Civilizations?”, Samuel P. Huntington hypothesizes that the great differences between humankind will not arise from differences in ideology or economy but from differences between cultures; hence, the battle lines of the future will be those that separate civilizations and no longer first, second or third world countries. Huntington describes a civilization as one that is “the highest cultural grouping of people and the broadest level of cultural identity people have” (Huntington). In his perspective, a civilization goes way beyond an ethnic group, a nationality or a religion; instead, it comprises all of this. Among the eight major civilizations Huntington classifies are: Western, Confucian, Japanese, Islamic, Hindu, Slavic-Orthodox, Latin American and African. The Clash of Civilizations arises from the idea that culture is paramount; thus, if conflicted it cannot be as easily resolved as conflicts within terms of ideology or economy. The main differences between civilizations are portrayed through history, language, culture, tradition and religion; all which have formed over thousands of years and represent each civilization uniquely. As the world continuously evolves, it becomes easier for civilizations to interact
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