Empire of Civilization: The Evolution of an Imperial Ideaby Brett Bowden University of Chicago Press
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- Pbk 320 pages
- AU$83.00 NZ$86.09
From the Crusades to the colonial era to the global war on terror, this sweeping volume exposes and ldquo;civilization and rdquo; 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 and mdash;as well as those peoples and places excluded or swept aside and mdash;undertaken in the name of civilization. Concluding that the and ldquo;West and the rest and rdquo; have more commonalities than differences, this provocative and engaging book ultimately points the way toward an authentic intercivilizational dialogue that emphasizes cooperation over clashes.
Preface and Acknowledgments
A Note on Spelling
1 Introduction: Guizot’s Question: Universal Civilization?
Part One: Civilization, Progress, and History: Universals All?
2 The Ideal of Civilization: Its Origins, Meanings, and Implications
3 Civilization and the Idea of Progress
4 The Notion of Universal Civilization: One End for All?
Part Two: The Art and Science of Empire
5 The Expansion of Europe and the Classical Standard of Civilization
6 The Burden of Civilization and the “Art and Science of Colonization”
Part Three: New Barbarism, Old Civilization, Revived Imperialism
7 New Barbarism and the Test of Modernity
8 The “New Realities” of Imperialism
9 Conclusion: The Future of Intercivilizational Relations