Samuel p Huntingtons Theory on Revolution a Crisis of Political Modernization

Culture clashes rather than nation against nation will cause the future revolutionary actions and global uprisings, Samuel P. Huntington taught and wrote about while teaching political science at Harvard University. That supposition is real today because of the 911 disaster in  New York City and in Washington, D.C. and his supporters as well as his critics use this as a starting point for their discussions on his predictions of such an event occurring.

The opinions of this Harvard educated political scientist is prophetic today mainly because his viewpoints were published years before that fateful incident. In all he wrote—or co-wrote— seventeen books with varying titles; each seeking to advance the cause of his Democratic and provocative viewpoints. In addition to that he was the founder of the Foreign Policy magazine and the John Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard and served on various advisory committees while teaching political science at Harvard University.

He was, according to NNDB (Tracking the Whole World) a “Prominent Harvard political scientist accused of xenophobia [fear of foreigners] for the content of his books, most especially The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (1996). In it, Huntington predicts that the history of the 21st century will be dominated by struggle between human cultures and not individual countries:”

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, published in 1996 is for sale on Amazon dot come for $16.43 hardcover and in paperback for $10.97. Reviewers of the book have differing opinions. They range from “A brilliant if pessimistic vision of 21st century politics” to “too vague” to “A revolutionary treatise, not heeded” to “too big a chunk of reality” to “The West is declining, deal with it”.  

The identities of the reviewers are anonymous and if they were known they likewise may be as diverse, culturally speaking, as the varying cultures Huntington alludes to when speaking of future revolutions. And also, in dealing with politics, nationally as well as internationally, he took sides. No matter how he attempted to resolve political differences in his class by teaching all sides and all issues known, he stood with the Democrats.

An earlier book “The Soldier and the State” published in 1957 dealt with military matters and was inspired by President Harry S. Truman’s firing of General Douglas MacArthur because he publicly disagreed with his Korean War policy. No doubt this kind of thinking kept on adding momentum and served as guidelines to his other books with topics such “American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony; Authoritarian Politics in Modern Society: The Dynamics of Established One-Party Systems; The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order; Common Defense: Strategic Programs in National Politics and other controversial topics were the result of heart felt opinions. (The titles selected are in no particular order as to sequences.)

Samuel P. Huntington was born April 18 1927 in New York City and he died December 24th 2008