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The Empire of Civilization: The Evolution of an Imperial Idea

Brett Bowden

Abstract

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, the author 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 book exposes “civilization” as a stage-managed ... More

Keywords: civilization, international relations, imperialism, uniformity, conformity, Western standards, global order, confrontation, conquest

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226068145
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226068169.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brett Bowden, author