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By Mark B. Salter

ISBN-10: 0745319025

ISBN-13: 9780745319025

The terrorist assaults in ny and Washington have resulted in renowned conceptions of Muslims as terrorists. a few commentators have harked again to the 'Clash of Civilizations' argument defined through Samuel Huntington which has develop into a touchstone in postcolonial stories. Huntington argued that, after the cave in of the chilly battle, tradition might develop into the most axis of clash for civilizational alliances. Mark Salter takes factor with Huntington's conception and explains how the phrases of his argument are a part of an imperialist discourse that casts different civilizations as basically barbarian.Although many commentators have engaged with Huntington's claims, few have pursued the political implications of his argument. Barbarians and Civilisation deals a decisive exploration of the colonial rhetoric inherent in present political discourse. Charting the usefulness of thoughts of tradition and identification for knowing international politics, Salter brilliantly illustrates the advantages and the constraints of the civilized/barbarian dichotomy in diplomacy.

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Because of the latent anxiety about the unrestrained barbarian, Europeans were loosened from the restraints of civilization in dealing with barbarians and imposing order upon them. By illustrating the unstable boundary of ‘civilized’ and ‘barbaric’ behaviour, we see the ambivalence within the discourse, and indeed within the identity, of the ‘European’. It underscores the importance of the colonial scene in the nineteenth century. The identity of Europe became tightly bound up with imperial ideologies, and the trope of the barbarian marked an intersection of several of these discourses.

The discourse of the barbarian complicates the domestic/international divide on which the glossing of imperialism rests and disrupts the order/anarchy description of these two realms. 2 There was a startling lack of Great Power war from the Congress of Vienna (1815) until the First World War. However, if violence committed in the periphery is taken into account, the century is not nearly as pacific as it has been portrayed. 3 The beginning of the nineteenth century saw the inauguration of several social and ideological trends that fundamentally changed the fabric of European international society.

Egypt is also important because France and England, the two largest colonial powers of the period, both took considerable interest in Egypt, partly because of its geopolitical position but also because of its resources and economy. Napoleon’s invasion of 1798 is canonically accepted as the inaugural moment of Orientalism as an academic discipline and the beginning of the modern European fascination with the Orient. ’ A close look at the cultural actuality reveals a much earlier, more deeply and stubbornly held view about overseas European hegemony; we can locate a coherent, fully mobilized system of ideas near the end of the eighteenth century, and there follows the set of integral developments such as the first great systematic conquests under Napoleon .

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