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POL114H5 Study Guide - Handedness, Montgomery Bus Boycott, Hutu

Political Science
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Lee Ann Fujii

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POL114 Lecture March 1, 2012
Bowen believes conflict is State-centric (conflicts arising over power and resources)
Huntington believes conflict is People-centric (conflicts arise over cultural differences)
Combining theories For instance Nazi Germany >>> What was wrong with the culture, why did they
support the killings, (CULTURE) but also the state wanted political control of the rest of Europe.
How Huntington saw previous and future conflicts:
Pre-Modern World Wars were between kings
20th Century Wars were over ideology
Post-Cold War Wars will be between civilizations ( believed wars will be against cultures or
civilizations…between “West clashing with the “Rest)
Definition of a civilization:
Larger than nations
Common language, history, religion, villages etc.
*Modern civilizations will be comprised of the West and the Rest which are Confucian, Japanese,
Islamic, Hindu, Slavic-Orthodox, Latin America and possibly Africa.
Example: He believed wars will no longer be between France and Germany (West vs. West), but France
against Islam (West vs. Rest)
Civilization = Cultural entity
Nation = Idea about belonging
Real and basic
Replaces “nation” as source of identity
Replaces dynastic and “religious” community
West v. Rest
No prediction
HOWEVER Bowen completely rejects Huntington’s ideas, based on 3 faulty assumptions:
Three problematic assumptions:
Huntington Says: Identities are ancient and unchanging
Bowen Says: NO identities are modern
Huntington Says: Identities motivate people to persecute and kill
Bowen Says: NO Leaders motivate people to persecute and kill
Huntington Says: Diversity inevitably leads to violence
Bowen Says: NO- Struggles over power and resources leads to violence
Examples that reinforce Bowen Arab spring has nothing to do with civilizations but leaders (state-
centric conflict)…other examples include the Vietnam War, and CANADA (b/c different civilizations
assimilate without turmoil)

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THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS (notes) Huntington’s Thesis
Huntington Stated that: Fundamental source of conflict and division is not economical or ideological but
cultural divides between humankind…principal conflicts of global politics will occur between nations
and groups of different civilizations. Clash between civilizations will dominate global politics.
*** By civilizations Huntington means a cultural entity: Villages, regions, ethnic groups, nationalities,
and religious groups…civilization is a broad category in which people find a cultural identity. Civilizations
may be large or small, they may divide, merge or disappear ***
Civilization Clash
World will be shaped by 7 or 8 major civilizations (i.e. Western, Confucian (system of morals and ethics),
Japanese, Islamic, Hindu, Slavic-Orthodox, Latin American and possibly African, which he says will
separate these civilizations from one another and thus create a division.
Why will a clash occur?
Different approaches to situations, different viewpoints concerning the state, liberty and
authority, equality and hierarchy, husband and wife, relations between God and man etc.
He also states that globalization does not assist the issue, rather, because the world is becoming
a smaller place, it intensifies the interactions between civilizations and hence intensifies
civilization consciousness Consciousness invigorates differences (i.e. French citizens having
hostility against North African immigrants but not against Catholic European Polish immigrants
who are of the same western realm)
Also a factor with religion and the violence/discrimination with Muslims and Christians
(i.e. modernization of Africa and consequently the spread of Christianity creates a social
Revival of religion Religious differences Muslims, Jewish, Catholics being divided)
Growth of civilization consciousness is enhanced by the role of the west …de-westernization---
non-westerners will become actors not objects
Cultural characteristics are harder to resolve than political and economic issues (i.e. poor can
become rich and vice versa, communists can become democrats but a Russian cannot become
Economic regionalism (increase in economics of select regions of homogeneity…for example
NAFTA agreement between Canada, US and Mexico is advantageous for the 3 countries, but
creates problems for Japan because its civilization is different so it makes economic growth
difficult with parts of Asia) can promote regional economic integration
CONCLUSION Civilization clash occurs at 2 levels, MACRO (states from different civilizations
compete for economic power, military, control of international institutions etc) and MICRO (control
of territory and each other).
Huntington says: Conflicts will be more frequent, more violent than with members of same
civilization leading to the escalation of global wars. Essentially believes wars will be ethically driven.
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