Rethinking Civilization

Resolving Conflict in the Human Family

By Majid Tehranian

© 2007 – Routledge

230 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Rethinking Civilization offers an alternative view of human civilization in a globalizing age. Majid Tehranian analyses the transition from nomadic, to agrarian, commercial, industrial, and digital civilizations and argues that the growing gaps among the five major civilizations have led to terror operating as a form of global communication.

This new book explores the uneven pace of development of human societies, particularly in the last two centuries, and argues that this is leading to a global civil war. Taking a long-term historical perspective, and developing a model that explains how empires, resistance, and civilizations have evolved alongside major technological breakthroughs in history, Tehranian offers a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary analysis of the phenomenon.

Seeking to counter the current rhetorical trends, Tehranian

reconceptualizes "civilization" to make it a useful analytical rather than ideological category.

defines the varieties of terrorism, including structural, nuclear, state, opposition, messianic, and anomic.

addresses the contemporary problems of global governance and the evolution of international relations.

traces the evolution of global communication from orality to literacy, print, electronic, and digital modes.

forecasts the emerging problems of encounters among the five civilizations.

This unique and original volume will be of great interest to students and researchers of globalization, international relations, peace studies and sociology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. An Unfinished Journey 3. Global Empire 4. Global Terror 5. Global Governance 6. Global Communication 7. Religious Resurgence 8. Human Conditions 9. Human Spirituality 10. A Personal Journey References

About the Series

Rethinking Globalizations

This series is designed to break new ground in the literature on globalisation and its academic and popular understanding. Rather than perpetuating or simply reacting to the economic understanding of globalisation, this series seeks to capture the term and broaden its meaning to encompass a wide range of issues and disciplines and convey a sense of alternative possibilities for the future.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory