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Huntington 

Has anybody here read The Clash of Civilizations? I heard such horrible things about it that I never read it or considered doing so but Bauman ends his last book quoting extensively from it and praising it. Have I been foolish in dismissing the book because there is negative talk about it?

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3 thoughts on “Huntington 

  1. It was published in the mid-1990s and basically predicted the fault lines of the last 20 years of conflict between the Western world and Islam, and the Russian Orthodox bloc and the West. It was brilliant and accurate.

    It seems to have fallen out of fashion since it doesn’t fit nicely into the current progressive political narrative.

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    • “It was published in the mid-1990s and basically predicted the fault lines of the last 20 years of conflict between the Western world and Islam, and the Russian Orthodox bloc and the West.”

      • That’s exactly what Bauman said. Maybe I should read it because I now feel like an idiot for judging it without having read it.

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  2. Shakti on said:

    It’s worth reading.

    Relatedly, “Jihad v. McWorld” is memorable. I read both, or excerpts of both, in my international studies seminar.

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