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|Brand:||University of Chicago Press||EAN:||9780226068145|
|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."|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||70944491|
|Number Of Pages||288 pages|
|Publisher||University of Chicago Press|
|Group||Scholarly & Professional|
|LC Classification Number||CB19.B598 2009|
|"A timely and significant book that advances our understanding not only of how the discourse of civilization emerged after 1492 and crystallized during the Enlightenment but, above all, how it continues to structure contemporary world politics. Bowden develops a unique multi-disciplinary approach that speaks directly to international relations, international law, and political theory. The book deserves to find its place alongside other key texts written by the likes of Richard Tuck, James Tully, and Antony Anghie."-John M. Hobson, author of The Eastern Origins of Western Civilization "Deeply researched, well argued, and readable despite the density of the material. . . . A rewarding read."Richard Thwaites, Canberra Times "Much has been written in recent times about Emp "Much has been written in recent times about Empire. But few of these works possess the quality of Brett Bowden's far reaching historical study which is particularly timely and important because it explicates the intellectual foundations of Empire-particularly, the idea of civilization-with such clarity and depth. This is a superb book that will be of interest to everyone concerned about the enduring issues of Empire and their impact on some of the fundamental questions of our time."-Tony Anghie, University of Utah College of Law "Offers a sophisticated and remarkably wide-ranging discussion of how the concept of civilization became central to philosophy, legal discourse, scientific progress, socio-political institutions and colonial ambitions. . . . Bowden's inquiry . . . makes an important contribution to this political task." "This fascinating book traces the concept to the Enlightenment, when it evolved along with Western visions of progress and modernity as many Europeans looked at the rest of the world and saw the task of civilizing 'backward' peoples as 'the white man's burden.' . . . In his most provocative claim, Bowden argues that today's 'new imperialism'military interventions, nation building, and financial intrusions led by the International Monetary Funddraws on deeply embedded assumptions about Western standards of civilization." "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." "This well-argued, carefully researched book shows how valid and useful Lucien Febvre's remark that 'it is never a waste of time to study the history of a word' remains even today. Bowden's discussion of words such as 'civilization' and 'cosmopolitanism' ranges widely over Spanish debates on colonization, Enlightenment discourse, and contemporary Anglo-American writings. But what makes this book special is the fact that the colonized are never left out of view in Bowden's history of European thought. A remarkable achievement."|
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