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The Resource The fear of barbarians : beyond the clash of civilizations, Tzvetan Todorov ; translated by Andrew Brown

The fear of barbarians : beyond the clash of civilizations, Tzvetan Todorov ; translated by Andrew Brown

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The fear of barbarians : beyond the clash of civilizations
Title
The fear of barbarians
Title remainder
beyond the clash of civilizations
Statement of responsibility
Tzvetan Todorov ; translated by Andrew Brown
Creator
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
"The relationship between Western democracies and Islam, rarely entirely comfortable, has in recent years become increasingly tense. Growing immigration and worries about cultural and political assimilation͠exacerbated by the terrorist attacks of September 11 and their aftermath͠have provoked reams of commentary from all parts of the political spectrum a frustrating majority of it hyperbolic or even hysterical" "In The Fear of Barbarians, the celebrated intellectual Tzvetan Todorov offers a corrective: a reasoned and often highly personal analysis of the problem, rooted in Enlightenment values yet open to the claims of cultural difference. Drawing on history, anthropology, and politics, and bringing to bear examples ranging from the murder of Theo van Gogh to the French ban on headscarves in schools, Todorov argues that the West must overcome its fear of Islam if it is to avoid betraying the values it claims to protect. True freedom, Todorov exp1ains, requires us to strike a delicate balance, between protecting and imposing cultural values, acknowledging the primacy of the law, yet strenuously protecting minority views that do not interfere with its aims. Adding force to Todorovis arguments is his own experience as a native of communist Bulgaria. His admiration of French civic identity͠and Western freedom͠is vigorous but non-nativist, an inclusive vision whose very flexibility is its core strength." "The record of a penetrating mind grappling with a complicated, multifaceted problem, The Fear of Barbarians is a powerful, important book͠a call, not to arms, but to thought." "Andrew Brown has translated numerous books from French, including Tavetan Todorov's The New World Disorder."--BOOK JACKET
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ICU/DLC
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1939-2017
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Todorov, Tzvetan
Index
index present
LC call number
CB251
LC item number
.T63 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • East and West
  • Civilization
  • Islam and politics
  • Islamic countries
  • Europe
  • Democracy
  • Group identity
  • Manichaeism
  • World politics
  • Civilization, Modern
Label
The fear of barbarians : beyond the clash of civilizations, Tzvetan Todorov ; translated by Andrew Brown
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction : Between fear and resentment -- Barbarism and civilization -- Collective identities -- The war of the worlds -- Steering between the reefs -- European identity -- Conclusion : Beyond manicheism -- Afterword, 2010
Control code
562772886
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
[ix], 233 p.
Isbn
9780226805757
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010009778
System control number
(OCoLC)562772886
Label
The fear of barbarians : beyond the clash of civilizations, Tzvetan Todorov ; translated by Andrew Brown
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction : Between fear and resentment -- Barbarism and civilization -- Collective identities -- The war of the worlds -- Steering between the reefs -- European identity -- Conclusion : Beyond manicheism -- Afterword, 2010
Control code
562772886
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
[ix], 233 p.
Isbn
9780226805757
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010009778
System control number
(OCoLC)562772886

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