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The Idea of Civilization and the Making of the Global Order

Andrew Linklater


This book analyses the impact of the idea of civilization on the global political order. The inquiry explains Norbert Elias’s pioneering examination of the rise of European civilized self-images. It extends the perspective by discussing the interdependencies between state formation which was central to Elias’s explanation and two inter-related phenomena – European colonial expansion and the evolution of the first universal society of states. Special emphasis is placed on European convictions that other societies would become civilized as a result of colonial civilizing offensives and the mimet ... More

Keywords: Civilization, standards of civilization, process sociology, global order, global civilizing processes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781529213874
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529213874.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Linklater, author
Aberystwyth University