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The Empire of CivilizationThe Evolution of an Imperial Idea$
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Brett Bowden

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226068145

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226068169.001.0001

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New Barbarism and the Test of Modernity

New Barbarism and the Test of Modernity

(p.161) 7 New Barbarism and the Test of Modernity
The Empire of Civilization
University of Chicago Press

This chapter outlines the more recent division of our world into its “civilized” and “uncivilized” spheres, and discusses the standards of civilization for the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. It shows that the ideas and concepts of civilization, progress, universality, and modernity remain both salient and powerful when it comes to explaining and justifying policy making and decision making. The chapter also evaluates theoretical and functional arguments put forward by proponents of standards of civilization for the contemporary era.

Keywords:   standards of civilization, civilized sphere, uncivilized sphere, progress, universality, modernity, policy making, decision making

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