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Durham Castle Lecture Series Videos

Our archive of Durham Castle Lecture Series events is available here to watch.

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Professor Tamara Sonn: The Myth of Civilisations?

Professor Tamara Sonn: The Myth of Civilisations?

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In 2018, Euro-America celebrated the centenary of the conclusion of the Great War, which they had to rename World War I because another one followed fast on its heels. Coincidentally, 2018 also marked the deaths of renowned Cold War historian Richard Pipes and the scholar who coined the phrase “clash of civilizations,” Bernard Lewis. This lecture suggests that today’s U.S.-led wars in Muslim-majority countries are, like World War II, residual effects of unfinished business in World War I. It challenges the framing of wars as ideological conflicts -- the “Cold War” against Communism, Global War on Terror -- and suggests that such framing deflects attention from the root causes of the conflicts, making their resolution all the more difficult. Just as neither fascism nor totalitarianism was defeated militarily, neither will terrorism be. The lecture concludes by suggesting more inclusive treatment of Afro-Eurasia history as an antidote for politically biased narratives.

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