The ‘Clash of Civilizations’ 25 Years On: A Multidisciplinary Appraisal

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The purpose of this collection is to present Samuel P. Huntington’s ‘Clash of Civilizations’ thesis, and to appraise its validity and shortcomings 25 years after the publication of his landmark article. The notion of a ‘clash of civilizations’ is examined from a multidisciplinary perspective. First, the volume examines Huntington’s contribution from a theoretical perspective, focusing on his ideas about politics and the concept of civilization. Second, the individual articles also consider Huntington’s thesis in the light of recent events, including the conflict in Ukraine, the rise of ISIS, China–India relations, the electoral success of far-right movements in Europe, the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and the activity of the International Criminal Court in Africa. In sum, this book offers a vibrant and multifaceted conversation among established and emerging scholars on one of the most important paradigms for the understanding of international politics.

Edited by: Davide Orsi

Contributors: Ravi Dutt Bajpai, Gregorio Bettiza, Glen M.E. Duerr, Ian Hall, Jeffrey Haynes, Anna Khakee, Jan Lüdert, Kim Richard Nossal, Fabio Petito, Erik Ringmar, Anna Tiido, Wouter Werner and Ana Isabel Xavier.


Table of contents

  1. THE ‘CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS’ AND REALISM IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL THOUGHT
 (Davide Orsi)
  2. CLASHING CIVILIZATIONS: A TOYNBEEAN RESPONSE TO HUNTINGTON 
(Ian Hall)
  3. SAMUEL HUNTINGTON AND THE AMERICAN WAY OF WAR
 (Erik Ringmar)
  4. WHY (CLASH OF) CIVILIZATIONS DISCOURSES JUST WON’T GO AWAY? UNDERSTANDING THE CIVILIZATIONAL POLITICS OF OUR TIMES (Gregorio Bettiza & Fabio Petito)
  5. HUNTINGTON’S ‘CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS’ TODAY: RESPONSES AND DEVELOPMENTS 
(Jeffrey Haynes)
  6. THE KIN-COUNTRY THESIS REVISITED
 (Kim Richard Nossal)
  7. HUNTINGTON VS. MEARSHEIMER VS. FUKUYAMA: WHICH POST-COLD WAR THESIS IS MOST ACCURATE? 
(Glen M.E. Duerr)
  8. PLUS ÇA CHANGE… CIVILIZATIONS, POLITICAL SYSTEMS AND POWER POLITICS: A CRITIQUE OF HUNTINGTON’S ‘CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS’ (Anna Khakee)
  9. WHERE DOES RUSSIA END AND THE WEST START? 
(Anna Tiido)
  10. CIVILIZATIONAL PERSPECTIVES IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND CONTEMPORARY CHINA-INDIA RELATIONS
 (Ravi Dutt Bajpai)
  11. THE ‘CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS’ IN INTERNATIONAL LAW (Wouter Werner)
  12. DANGEROUS TIES? THE (NEW) ‘CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS’: MIGRATION AND TERRORISM (Ana Isabel Xavier)
  13. AN ALTERNATIVE FOR GERMANY? TRACING HUNTINGTON’S ‘CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS’ THESIS IN A RIGHT-WING POPULIST PARTY (Jan Lüdert)

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