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Do Civilizations Hold?

ALBERT L. WEEKS is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at New York University. Samuel P. Huntington has resurrected an old controversy in the study of international affairs: the relationship between "microcosmic" and "macrocosmic" processes. Partisans of the former single out the nation state as the basic unit, or determining factor, in the yin and yang of world politics. The "macros," on the other hand, view world affairs on the lofty level of the civilizations to which nation states belong and by which their behavior is allegedly largely determined. To one degree or another, much of the latter school's thinking, although they …

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