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Political Science
Kelly Greenhill

Clash of Civilizations—Samuel Huntington • fundamental source of conflict will be cultural (conflicts between civilizations) • was between kings, then ideologies, now cultures • Western civilizations and non-Western civilizations st nd rd • 1 , 2 , and 3 worlds (terminology no longer used) • “Acivilization is a cultural entity. Villages, regions, ethnic groups, nationalities, religious groups, all have distinct cultures at different levels of cultural heterogeneity…Acivilization is thus the highest cultural grouping of people and the broadest level of cultural identity people have short of that which distinguishes humans from other species. It is defined both by common objective elements, such as language, history, religion, customs, institutions, and by the subjective self- identification of people. ” o I can identify myself as an American, a Christian, a Westerner, etc., my civilization is the broadest level of identification that I intensely identify with o civilizations can overlap and have subdivisions o Western, Confucian, Japanese, Islamic, Hindu,
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