Analysis Of Samuel Huntington's Clash Of Civilizations And The Remaking Of The World Order

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In Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of the World Order, Samuel Huntington states “The most important distinctions among peoples are no longer ideological, political, or economic. They are cultural”. This is his main argument throughout this book. New patterns of distinctions and conflict will occur along boundaries of different cultures. However, patterns of cohesion will be found within the cultural boundaries. Huntington analyzes the resurgence of post-cold war cultural identities. He does this in order to explain the prevailing and future world order. From Huntington’s perspective, arguments and world views which claim the existence and proliferation of a universal culture can be disregarded. Hunting argues that great divisions among man and sources of conflict will be cultural.
Huntington’s work influenced how the Western and American policymakers view the world. Clash of Civilization was an expansion from an article he published in Foreign Affairs journal. It incorporates a hybrid of nationalist, metahistorical, and realist elements. Huntington states that there is a weakness present in the four paradigms existing in the political world after the Cold War. He views the situation from the view of the West versus the rest of the world is the current system. Huntington regards this system as weak. He believes that the four paradigms are also incompatible with each other. Huntington explains the characteristics of a civilization as the broadest cultural entity.
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