New Barbarism and the Test of Modernity

in The Empire of Civilization

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780226068145
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226068169 | DOI:
New Barbarism and the Test of Modernity

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This chapter outlines the more recent division of our world into its “civilized” and “uncivilized” spheres, and discusses the standards of civilization for the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. It shows that the ideas and concepts of civilization, progress, universality, and modernity remain both salient and powerful when it comes to explaining and justifying policy making and decision making. The chapter also evaluates theoretical and functional arguments put forward by proponents of standards of civilization for the contemporary era.

Keywords: standards of civilization; civilized sphere; uncivilized sphere; progress; universality; modernity; policy making; decision making

Chapter.  11599 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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