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  1. Introduction.
  2. A brief study on Huntington's theory.
  3. Criticisms against the ideas of Huntington and his book.
  4. Conclusion.
  5. Sources.

In 1996, Samuel Huntington published his book ?The clash of civilization and the remaking of world order?. That book being a follow-up to the article that Huntington had published a few years earlier in the journal ?Foreign affairs?. The journal Foreign Affairs never got so many replies on an article it had published. Nowadays, the Clash of civilizations has even become a buzz word. I will here sum up some of the main points of Huntington's theory. I'll present them here and also give my personal opinion on them, but first of all, I'd like to come back to the reason why Huntington came to such a theory. In 1989, the then existing bipolar world order broke down. It left the academics that had been working on it for a long prepared unprepared : they had not foreseen the fall of the soviet union.

[...] It can be said that Huntington simply replaced the previous organizing feature of the world order by another, namely civilizations. I will now look a bit more closely the article. First of all, Huntington says how the world was divided, how countries did interact with each other over a very long period of time. He then mentions the turning point, namely of the collapse of the communist world and goes on saying that, at that point, civilization became the most important distinction among people. [...]


[...] The clash of civilizations, by Samuel P. Huntington In 1996, Samuel Huntington published his book clash of civilization and the remaking of world order?. That book being a follow-up to the article that Huntington had published a few years earlier in the journal ?Foreign affairs?. The journal Foreign Affairs never got so many replies on an article it had published. Nowadays, the Clash of civilizations has even become a buzz word. I will here sum up some of the main points of Huntington's theory. [...]

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