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The Empire of Civilization By Brett Bowden

The Empire of Civilization
by Brett Bowden

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The term civilization comes with considerable baggage, dichotomizing people, cultures, and histories as civilized - or not. This book examines how the idea of civilization has informed our thinking about international relations over the course of ten centuries.
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The Empire of Civilization: The Evolution of an Imperial Idea by Brett Bowden

The term civilization comes with considerable baggage, dichotomizing people, cultures, and histories as civilized - or not. While the idea of civilization has been deployed throughout history to justify all manner of interventions and sociopolitical engineering, few scholars have stopped to consider what the concept actually means. Here, Brett Bowden examines how the idea of civilization has informed our thinking about international relations over the course of ten centuries. From the Crusades to the colonial era to the global war on terror, this sweeping volume exposes civilization as a stage-managed account of history that legitimizes imperialism, uniformity, and conformity to Western standards, culminating in a liberal-democratic global order. Along the way, Bowden explores the variety of confrontations and conquests - as well as those peoples and places excluded or swept aside - undertaken in the name of civilization. Concluding that the 'West and the rest' have more commonalities than differences, this provocative and engaging book ultimately points the way toward an authentic intercivilizational dialogue that emphasizes cooperation over clashes.

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The Empire of Civilization Reviews


"This is an extremely erudite book that clearly illustrates Brett Bowden's mastery of a wide variety of philosophical and historical sources. There is a lot of very interesting material here that is of enormous relevance to any contemporary intellectual reader attempting to place the concepts of 'civilization' and 'civilizations' in their proper historical contexts." - Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, American University"

About Brett Bowden


Brett Bowden is a senior lecturer in politics at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra.

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GOR010097585
The Empire of Civilization: The Evolution of an Imperial Idea by Brett Bowden
Brett Bowden
Used - Very Good
Hardback
The University of Chicago Press
2009-05-19
288
0226068145
9780226068145
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