Vol. 12 No. 23 (2022): Upcoming - La finanza alla prova dell’emergenza sanitaria
(Re)Reading the Classics

Huntington, lo scontro di civiltà e la situazione ucraina

Giovanni Barbieri
Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche - Università degli studi di Perugia
Published October 19, 2022
  • Huntington,
  • Clash of civilizations,
  • Ukraine,
  • War
How to Cite
Barbieri, G. (2022). Huntington, lo scontro di civiltà e la situazione ucraina. Cambio. Rivista Sulle Trasformazioni Sociali, 12(23). https://doi.org/10.36253/cambio-13034


The article deals with one of the most influential and renowed book of Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. After dwelling on the historical and intellectual background of the book, on its main thesis, and on its reception and criticism, the article focuses on the Huntigton’s analysis of Ukraine, viewed by the author as a cleft country.

Embracing a culturalist approach to the international relations, the article tries to deepen the Huntington thesis arguing that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine implies a clash between the different geopolitical representations that these great powers have of themselves.

Finally, it raises the question of the current relevance and applicability of  the Huntington proposals aimed to avoid the outbreak of catastrophical conflicts on a global scale.


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