Civilizational Security

Brett Bowden

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    The idea of civilization occupies a prominent and complicated place in the history of ideas and world history more generally. It has played no small part in shaping history; the demands of civilization have long been employed to describe, explain, rationalize, and justify all manner of interventions and socio-political engineering (Bowden 2009a). The significance of civilization is captured in the suggestion that it is one of a small number of ‘essential’ ideas intimately linked to the ‘whole history of modern thought and the principal intellectual achievements in the western world’ (Benveniste 1971: 289). One might add to this claim that, while civilization is a distinctly Western idea, perhaps its greatest impact has been felt in the non-Western world, where much of the aforementioned intervention and socio-political engineering has taken place, particularly since the Spanish ‘discovery’ and conquest of the New World.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of New Security Studies
    Editors J.Peter Burgess
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
    ISBN (Print)0415484375
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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