An Introduction to Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations

In 1996, Samuel Huntington predicted that in a post-Cold War world, the primary source of conflict would be due to cultural and religious differences, rather than ideological ones. Introduce The Clash of Civilizations with a short, animated video that uses a story of a competition between two schools to illustrate Huntington's ideas.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups investigate current global conflicts to determine whether the basic factors conform with Huntington's theories
Classroom Considerations

  • The complete text of the analysis may be accessed from the publisher with the purchase of a subscription or with a trial membership
  • Show the video in full screen mode to avoid the comment section
Pros

  • The animated tale models how a common ideological goal can unite groups with different cultural values
Cons

  • The video does not model a conflict based on cultural or religious differences