Debating Civilisations

Interrogating Civilizational Analysis in a Global Age
Author: Jeremy Smith
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1526105284
Category: Philosophy
Page: 192
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Contemporary civilisational analysis has emerged in the post-Cold War period as a forming but already controversial field of scholarship. Debating civilisations seeks to evaluate the main currents of the field and its principal competitors. The author draws a unique comparison of many key scholars of civilisations, comparing civilisational analysis with competing perspectives and presenting a fresh theoretical approach. As well as tracing the lineage of the field, the book evaluates the work of S. N. Eisenstadt, Norbert Elias and Johann P. Arnason as leading contemporary scholars of civilisations against the competing paradigms of Marxism, globalisation theory and postcolonial sociology. Drawing also on the work of Cornelius Castoriadis, the author argues for an alternative approach that lays stress on the dense engagement of societies, cultures, empires and civilisations in human history. Debating civilisations will appeal to academics and postgraduate and final-year undergraduate students in the fields of history, comparative and historical sociology and social theory.

Debating Civilisations: Interrogating Civilisational Analysis in a Global Age


Author: Jeremy C. A. Smith
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781526105318
Category:
Page: 216
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Debating civilisations offers an up-to-date evaluation of the re-emerging field of civilisational analysis, tracing its main currents and comparing it to rival paradigms such as Marxism, globalisation theory and postcolonial sociology. The book suggests that civilisational analysis offers an alternative approach to understanding globalisation, one that focuses on the dense engagement of societies, cultures, empires and civilisations in human history. Building on Castoriadis's theory of social imaginaries, it argues that civilisations are best understood as the products of routine contacts and connections carried out by anonymous actors over the course of long periods of time. It illustrates this argument through case studies of modern Japan, the Pacific and post-Conquest Latin America (including the revival of indigenous civilisations), exploring discourses of civilisation outside the West within the context of growing Western imperial power.

Civilization

The West and the Rest
Author: Niall Ferguson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143122061
Category: History
Page: 402
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A history of Western civilization's rise to global dominance offers insight into the development of such concepts as competition, modern medicine, and the work ethic, arguing that Western dominance is being lost to cultures who are more productively utilizing Western techniques.

Forgotten Civilization

The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future
Author: Robert M. Schoch
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1594775125
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 384
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Scientific confirmation of advanced civilization at the end of the last ice age, the solar catastrophe that destroyed it, and what the evidence means for our future • Demonstrates, based on the 12,000-year-old megalithic complex of Göbekli Tepe, that advanced civilization extends thousands of years further back than generally acknowledged • Examines the catastrophic solar outbursts that ended the last ice age, wiping out antediluvian civilization and incinerating much of the evidence of that period • Reveals data that show solar outbursts powerful enough to devastate modern society could return in the future Building upon his revolutionary theory that the Sphinx dates back much further than 2500 BCE, geologist Robert Schoch reveals scientific evidence of advanced civilization predating ancient Egypt, Sumeria, and Greece, as well as the catastrophe that destroyed it nearly 12,000 years ago and what its legacy can teach us about our own future. Combining evidence from multiple scientific disciplines, Schoch shows how the last ice age ended abruptly in 9700 BCE due to coronal mass ejections from the Sun. These solar outbursts unleashed electrical/plasma discharges upon Earth and triggered volcanic activity, earthquakes, fires, and massive floods as glaciers melted and lightning strikes released torrential rains from the oceans. He explains how these events eradicated the civilization of the time and set humanity back thousands of years, only to reemerge around 3500 BCE with scattered memories and nascent abilities. He explores within this framework, how many megalithic monuments, underground cities, and ancient legends fall logically into place, as well as the reinterpreted Easter Island rongorongo texts and the intentional burial, 10,000 years ago, of the Göbekli Tepe complex in Turkey. Schoch reveals scientific evidence that shows how history could repeat itself with a coronal mass ejection powerful enough to devastate modern society. Weaving together a new view of the origins of civilization, the truths behind ancient wisdom, and the dynamics of the planet we live on, Schoch maintains we must heed the megalithic warning of the past and collectively prepare for future events.

Empires of Food

Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations
Author: Evan Fraser,Andrew Rimas
Publisher: Counterpoint
ISBN: 1582437939
Category: History
Page: 320
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Using the colorful diaries of a sixteenth-century merchant as a narrative guide, Empires of Food vividly chronicles the fate of people and societies for the past 12,000 years through the foods they grew, hunted, traded, and ate—and offers fascinating, and devastating, insights into what to expect in years to come. In energetic prose, agricultural expert Evan D.G. Fraser and journalist Andrew capture the flavor of places as disparate as ancient Mesopotamia and imperial Britain, taking us from the first city in the once-thriving Fertile Crescent to today’s overworked breadbaskets and rice bowls in the United States and China. Cities, culture, art, government, and religion were founded on the creation and exchange of food surpluses. Complex societies were built by shipping grain up rivers and into the stewpots of history’s generations. But evenutally, inevitably, the crops fail, the fields erode, or the temperature drops, and the center of power shifts. Cultures descend into dark ages of poverty, famine, and war. A fascinating, fresh history told through the prism of the dining table, Empires of Food offers a grand scope and a provocative analysis of the world today, indispensable in this time of global warming and food crises.

Against Civilization

Readings and Reflections
Author: John Zerzan
Publisher: Feral House
ISBN: 0922915989
Category: Political Science
Page: 275
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Against Civilization, first published in 1999 by Uncivilized Books and out of print for several years, is the well-regarded primer to Green Anarchism, Anarcho-Primitivism and the most radical but relevant form of anarchism to develop in the past decade. Anarcho-primitivism is a shorthand term for a radical current that critiques the totality of civilisation from an anarchist perspective and seeks to initiate a comprehensive transformation of human life. Revised and expanded edition.

Civilisations: First Contact / The Cult of Progress

As seen on TV
Author: David Olusoga
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1782834192
Category: Art
Page: N.A
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Companion to the major new BBC documentary series CIVILISATIONS, presented by Mary Beard, David Olusoga and Simon Schama Oscar Wilde said 'Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.' Was he right? In Civilisations, David Olusoga travels the world to piece together the shared histories that link nations. In Part One, First Contact, we discover what happened to art in the great Age of Discovery, when civilisations encountered each other for the first time. Although undoubtedly a period of conquest and destruction, it was also one of mutual curiosity, global trade and the exchange of ideas. In Part Two, The Cult of Progress, we see how the Industrial Revolution transformed the world, impacting every corner, and every civilisation, from the cotton mills of the Midlands through Napoleon's conquest of Egypt to the decimation of both Native American and Maori populations and the advent of photography in Paris in 1839. Incredible art - both looted and created - relays the key events and their outcomes throughout the world.

How Civilizations Die

(And Why Islam Is Dying Too)
Author: David Goldman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1596982802
Category: Political Science
Page: 256
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Thanks to collapsing birthrates, much of Europe is on a path of willed self-extinction. The untold story is that birthrates in Muslim nations are declining faster than anywhere elseâ??at a rate never before documented. Europe, even in its decline, may have the resources to support an aging population, if at a terrible economic and cultural cost. But in the impoverished Islamic world, an aging population means a civilization on the brink of total collapseâ?? something Islamic terrorists know and fear. Muslim decline poses new threats to America, challenges we cannot even understand, much less face effectively, without a wholly new kind of political analysis that explains how desperate peoples and nations behave. In How Civilizations Die, David P. Goldman, author of the celebrated Spengler column read by intelligence organizations world wide, ??reveals how, almost unnoticed, massive shifts in global power are remaking our future.

Discontent and its Civilizations

Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London
Author: Mohsin Hamid
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 069818503X
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 240
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From the bestselling author of How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West, coming in March 2017, “a near-perfect essay collection, filled with insight, compassion, and intellect." (NPR) Mohsin Hamid’s brilliant, moving, and extraordinarily clever novels have not only made him an international bestseller, they have earned him a reputation as a “master critic of the modern global condition” (Foreign Policy). His stories are at once timeless and of-the-moment, and his themes are universal: love, language, ambition, power, corruption, religion, family, identity. Here he explores this terrain from a different angle in essays that deftly counterpoise the personal and the political, and are shot through with the same passion, imagination, and breathtaking shifts of perspective that gives his fiction its unmistakable electric charge. A “water lily” who has called three countries on three continents his home—Pakistan, the birthplace to which he returned as a young father; the United States, where he spent his childhood and young adulthood; and Britain, where he married and became a citizen—Hamid writes about overlapping worlds with fluidity and penetrating insight. Whether he is discussing courtship rituals or pop culture, drones or the rhythms of daily life in an extended family compound, he transports us beyond the scarifying headlines of an anxious West and a volatile East, beyond stereotype and assumption, and helps to bring a dazzling diverse global culture within emotional and intellectual reach.

Debating Migration to Europe

Welfare vs Identity
Author: Raffaele Marchetti
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351359096
Category: Political Science
Page: 72
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This concise, pointed contribution to the ongoing debate in Europe on the controversial phenomena of migration will appeal to the general reader, represent a significant contribution to the scholarly debate, and be an essential teaching and discussion tool. A brief introduction from the editor, setting the contours of the political debate on migration today in Europe, prepares the reader for the book’s debate. This is followed by two very powerful and contrasting statements for and against migration to Europe, and a response from each contributor to the other. The pro-immigration chapter is written by Philippe Fargues, one of our most eminent migration scholars, whilst the anti-immigration chapter written by Anatol Lieven, a renowned expert on nationalism. The authors engage directly with the other's position, deepening the debate and searching for common ground, and suggesting solutions. This text will be of key interest to readers, scholars, and students of international migration, migration and development, European politics, political theory, and more broadly to public policy and international relations.

The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times


Author: Christopher de Bellaigue
Publisher: Liveright Publishing
ISBN: 1631493337
Category: History
Page: 560
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“The finest Orientalist of his generation” (Wall Street Journal) rewrites everything we thought we knew about the modern history of the Islamic world. In this “stylishly written, surprisingly moving chronicle” (Harper’s), Christopher de Bellaigue presents an absorbing account of the political and social reformations that transformed the lands of Islam in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. “The best sort of book for our disordered days” (Pankaj Mishra), The Islamic Enlightenment “is at once new, fascinating and extraordinarily important” (Wall Street Journal) as it challenges ossified perceptions in Western culture that self- righteously condemn the Muslim world as hopelessly benighted. This false perception belies the fact that Islamic civilization has long been undergoing its own anguished transformation, and that the violence of an infinitesimally small minority is the blowback from this process. In reclaiming the stories of the “fascinating . . . individuals who would grapple with reform and modernization” (New York Times Book Review), de Bellaigue’s “eye-opening, well-written, and very timely” (Yuval Harrari) history shows the folly of Westerners demanding modernity from people whose lives are already drenched in it.

The Measure of Civilization

How Social Development Decides the Fate of Nations
Author: Ian Morris
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400844762
Category: Social Science
Page: 400
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In the last thirty years, there have been fierce debates over how civilizations develop and why the West became so powerful. The Measure of Civilization presents a brand-new way of investigating these questions and provides new tools for assessing the long-term growth of societies. Using a groundbreaking numerical index of social development that compares societies in different times and places, award-winning author Ian Morris sets forth a sweeping examination of Eastern and Western development across 15,000 years since the end of the last ice age. He offers surprising conclusions about when and why the West came to dominate the world and fresh perspectives for thinking about the twenty-first century. Adapting the United Nations' approach for measuring human development, Morris's index breaks social development into four traits--energy capture per capita, organization, information technology, and war-making capacity--and he uses archaeological, historical, and current government data to quantify patterns. Morris reveals that for 90 percent of the time since the last ice age, the world's most advanced region has been at the western end of Eurasia, but contrary to what many historians once believed, there were roughly 1,200 years--from about 550 to 1750 CE--when an East Asian region was more advanced. Only in the late eighteenth century CE, when northwest Europeans tapped into the energy trapped in fossil fuels, did the West leap ahead. Resolving some of the biggest debates in global history, The Measure of Civilization puts forth innovative tools for determining past, present, and future economic and social trends.

War in Human Civilization


Author: Azar Gat
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199236631
Category: History
Page: 822
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Why do people go to war? Is it rooted in human nature or is it a late cultural invention? And what of war today - is it a declining phenomenon or simply changing its shape? In this truly global study of war and civilization, Azar Gat sets out to find definitive answers to these questions in an attempt to unravel the 'riddle of war' throughout human history, from the early hunter-gatherers right through to the unconventional terrorism of the twenty-first century. Written with remarkable verve and clarity and wholly free from jargon, it will be of interest to anyone who has ever pondered the puzzle of war.

When We Ruled

The Ancient and Mediœval History of Black Civilisations
Author: Robin Walker
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Africa
Page: 713
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The Unconscious Civilization


Author: John Ralston Saul
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439118604
Category: Political Science
Page: 208
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In this intellectual tour de force John Ralston Saul argues that our society is only superficially based on the individual and democracy, and the West now toils unconsciously in the grip of a stifling “corporatist” structure that serves the needs of business managers and technocrats as it promotes the segmentation of society into competing interest groups and ethnic blocks.

1177 B.C.

The Year Civilization Collapsed
Author: Eric H. Cline
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400874491
Category: History
Page: 264
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In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economy and cultures of the late second millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, suddenly ceased to exist, along with writing systems, technology, and monumental architecture. But the Sea Peoples alone could not have caused such widespread breakdown. How did it happen? In this major new account of the causes of this "First Dark Ages," Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries. A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age—and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece.

How to Debate the Left on Islam


Author: Paul Nielsen
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781546446835
Category: Freedom of speech
Page: 344
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The Second Edition of How to Debate the Left on Islam was released on the 16th of April, 2017 and has been professionally edited and improved further, so any feedback related to grammar has been addressed and resolved. Reviews "Educate yourself with this nugget of gold and use it as a guide" 5/5- Truth Revolt (USA)"This book opened my eyes WIDE. (...) This book is well-researched and excellent reading. Everyone should read it" 5/5 - D. Krassoff (USA)"Lots of good hard facts here, and critical thinking. (...) These ideas need to come out into the open, more people need to read this book" 5/5- D. Jones (USA)"A must read for anyone wondering how we got to where we are today in our political state" 5/5- Anonymous (Canada)"Awesome book. This knowledge about the dangers of Islam needs to be spread around (...)" 5/5- Wojciech Szenfeld (United Kingdom)"Required reading for all Americans" 5/5Anonymous (USA)"Terrific book, spells out all the problems with Islam today, should be required reading for all non-Westerners and required reading for all Western politicians" 5/5Anonymous (USA)4.71 out of 5 on Goodreads Description Western Civilisation Civilisation is a pact between the dead, the living and the unborn. As a result of political correctness, too many Westerners have forgotten about their responsibility to maintain and defend their cultural heritage, so that their children and grandchildren can live a prosperous, safe and happy life. Political Correctness Political correctness has made otherwise perfectly intelligent Westerners unable to think clearly on important issues. We live in a time-period in which we can have an open and honest discussion about almost anything. Anything, except what may be the most dangerous problem of the 21st century: Islam. This is because political correctness has become a religion, that has a very strong effect on the way in which people have learned to view the world. A reflection of this can also be seen in some of the reviews. The fear of being called a "racist", causes many people to engage in self-censorship and avoid the discussion. Many people feel that things are going in the wrong direction, but then find themselves being called an "Islamophobe" or a "bigot" whenever they try to speak openly about it. Perhaps you have even been called an "racist" or a "bigot" yourself. This book will give you all the information you need to speak out, defend your cultural heritage in a very difficult time-period and open the eyes of your politically correct friends, family-members and colleagues. This book will allow you to Debate the Left on Islam by... providing deep insight into the collective psychology of the politically correct left, so that you can easily expose the inconsistencies and contradictions in their worldview providing deep insight into the doctrine of Islam, the overall Muslim mentality, and the hard facts about the population of Muslims in Europe and the West preparing you with tons of arguments, such as comparisons with historical events and modern-day events providing you with counter-arguments to use against the most common excuses that politically correct individuals bring up in this debate, such as "But what about the Crusades?" providing you with tons of examples of debates, conversations, and talking points so that you know what to say and how to respond Learn how to use your weapons of freedom of expression, freethinking and reason to cut through the politically correct nonsense. Stop engaging in self-censorship and learn How to Debate the Left on Islam.Politically correct leftists don't want you to read this book... but their grandchildren will thank you later!

The Population Bomb


Author: Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
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The Face of Britain

A History of the Nation Through Its Portraits
Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190621885
Category: Art
Page: 608
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Author of a number of celebrated works, including the bestselling The Story of the Jews and Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution, Simon Schama's latest book fuses history and art to create a tour de force of narrative sweep and illuminating insight. Using images from works-paintings, photographs, lithographs, etchings, sketches-found in London's National Portrait Gallery, The Face of Britain weaves together an account of their composition, framed by their particular moment of creation, and in the process unveils a collective portrait of nation and its history. "Portraits," Schama writes, "have always been made with an eye to posterity." Commissioned to paint Winston Churchill in 1954 Graham Sutherland struggled with how to capture the "savior" of Great Britain honestly and humanely. Schama calls the portrait, initially damned, the "most powerful image of a Great Briton ever executed." Annie Leibovitz's photograph of a nude John Lennon kissing Yoko Ono, taken five hours before his murder, bears "a weight of poignancy she could not possibly have anticipated." Hans Holbein's preparatory sketch for a portrait of Henry VIII depicts "an unstoppable engine of dynastic generation." Here are expressions from across the centuries of normalcy and heroism, beauty and disfigurement, aristocracy and deprivation, the familiar and the obscure-the faces of courtesans, warriors, workers, activists, playwrights, the high and mighty as well as pub-crawlers. Linking them is Schama's vibrant exploration of how their connective power emerges from the dynamic between subject and artist, work and viewer, time and place. Schama's compelling analysis and impassioned evocation of these works create an unforgettable verbal mosaic that at once reveals and transforms the images he places before us. Lavishly illustrated and written with the storytelling brio that is Schama's trademark, The Face of Britain invites us to look at a nation's visual legacies and find its reflection.

Critical theory and feeling

The affective politics of the early Frankfurt School
Author: Simon Mussell
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1526122014
Category: Philosophy
Page: 168
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This book offers a unique and timely reading of the early Frankfurt School in response to the recent 'affective turn' within the arts and humanities. Resisting the overly rationalist tendencies of political philosophy, it argues that critical theory actively cultivates a powerful connection between thinking and feeling, and rediscovers a range of often neglected concepts that were of vital importance to the first generation of critical theorists, including melancholia, hope, (un)happiness, objects and mimesis. In doing so, it brings the dynamic work of Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Ernst Bloch and Siegfried Kracauer into conversation with more recent debates around politics and affect. An important intervention in the fields of affect studies and social and political thought, Critical theory and feeling shows that sensuous experience is at the heart of the Frankfurt School's affective politics.