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Some blame the violence and unrest in the Muslim world on Islam itself, arguing that the religion and its history is inherently bloody. Others blame the United States, arguing that American attempts to spread democracy by force have destabilized the region, and that these efforts are somehow radical or unique. Challenging these views, The Clash of Ideas in World Politics reveals how the Muslim world is in the throes of an ideological struggle that extends far beyond the Middle East, and how struggles like it have been a recurring feature of international relations since the dawn of the modern European state.

John Owen examines more than two hundred cases of forcible regime promotion over the past five centuries, offering the first systematic study of this common state practice. He looks at conflicts between Catholicism and Protestantism between 1520 and the 1680s; republicanism and monarchy between 1770 and 1850; and communism, fascism, and liberal democracy from 1917 until the late 1980s. He shows how regime promotion can follow regime unrest in the eventual target state or a war involving a great power, and how this can provoke elites across states to polarize according to ideology. Owen traces how conflicts arise and ultimately fade as one ideology wins favor with more elites in more countries, and he demonstrates how the struggle between secularism and Islamism in Muslim countries today reflects broader transnational trends in world history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Illustrations and Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Chapter One Forcible Regime Promotion, Then and Now
  2. pp. 1-30
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  1. Chapter Two The Agents: Transnational Networks and Governments
  2. pp. 31-52
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  1. Chapter Three The Structures: Transnational Ideological Contests
  2. pp. 53-78
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  1. Chapter Four Church and State, 1510–1700
  2. pp. 79-121
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  1. Chapter Five Crown, Nobility, and People, 1770–1870
  2. pp. 122-160
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  1. Chapter Six Individual, Class, and State, 1910–1990
  2. pp. 161-201
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  1. Chapter Seven Mosque and State, 1923–
  2. pp. 202-239
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  1. Chapter Eight The Future of Forcible Regime Promotion
  2. pp. 240-271
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 272-276
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 277-320
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 321-332
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  1. Series Page
  2. pp. 333-334
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400836765
Print ISBN
9780691142395
MARC Record
OCLC
656888042
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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