Chaotic epic

Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order revisited

in American foreign policy
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In this chapter, the author hopes to make the case that Samuel Huntington's inconsistency of voice, method and concept has preserved interest in his work through the post-Cold War 'unipolar moment'. The case for revisiting Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of the World Order can readily be made on those of reviewing the intellectual and policy environment of the immediate post-Cold War years. The confusion of public rhetoric, particularly from the George W. Bush administration in the wake of the attacks, enabled 'Clash of Civilization' to be misattributed disavowed, and misunderstood alike by supporters, agnostics and critics of the Huntingtonian thesis as well as the administration. Huntington's depiction of Islamic 'civilisation' has proved to be the most criticised feature of his argument, and he himself uncharacteristically backed away from claims of prescience.

American foreign policy

Studies in intellectual history

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