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- DescriptionCivilization is a constantly invoked term. It is used by both politicians and scholars. How useful, in fact, is this term? Civilization and Its Contents traces the origins of the concept in the eighteenth century. It shows its use as a colonial ideology, and then as a support for racism. The term was extended to a dead society, Egyptian civilization, and was appropriated by Japan, China, and Islamic countries. This latter development lays the groundwork for the contemporary call for a dialogue of civilizations. The author proposes instead that today the use of the term civilization has a global meaning, with local variants recognized as cultures. It may be more appropriate, however, to abandon the name civilization and to focus on a new understanding of the civilizing process.
- Author BiographyBruce Mazlish is Professor of History Emeritus at the Massachuset Institute of Technology and Founding Director of the New Global History Initiative.
- Author(s)Bruce Mazlish
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication18/01/2005
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Weight240 g
- Width3556 mm
- Height5487 mm
- Spine12 mm
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