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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts covered in the preceding chapters of this book. The book describes civilisational analysis as a two-sided, multidimensional field of the humanities and social sciences. On one side, contemporary civilisational analysis has a delimited set of major problematics and analytics. On the other side, it formed as a wide-ranging field of debate and has remained one. The book focuses on the differentiation of empire and civilisation in historical processes of communication and transformation of civilisational models. It pays closer attention to Latin America and begins to touch on Oceania as an islander civilisation. With a focus on inter-civilisational engagement, it becomes easier to see how the societies of the Americas and Oceania are underestimated. The book also argues that portal civilisations create institutions and practices of power capable of extensive contacts and relationships without conquest of vast territories.

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Debating civilisations

Interrogating civilisational analysis in a global age


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