Shock of civilizations (history)



The clash of civilizations is a concept and a tool for analyzing history. The historian Bernard Lewis invented it in 1957, in the aftermath of the Suez Canal crisis, at a symposium on tensions in the Middle East, organized at Johns Hopkins University in Washington. The political scientist Samuel Huntington takes up this concept in his article, published in the review in 1993. He finally popularized it with the publication of his book The Shock of Civilizations (in English,), published in 1996.

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