World History

Many common themes run through history that are applicable the world over. In the articles and papers below we discuss some of these themes, their impact on world history and how this impact has changed over the years.


Samuel P. Huntington's Clash of Civilizations

In the post Cold War world few articles have influenced how Western and especially American policymakers view the world more than Samuel P. Huntington's 1993 article, "The Clash of Civilizations".

Clash of Civilizations (Part 1)
Clash of Civilizations (Part 2)


Military Power vs Economic Power in History

Throughout history military power has been paramount and economic power merely a luxury. This has slowly changed to the point that the two roles have now been reversed. Japan, China and even the United States have relied on economic prosperity to finance formidable military forces. Conversely the Soviet Union, Iraq and North Korea have relied on their military power to try to build economic power with little or limited success.

Military vs Economic Power (Part 1)
Military vs Economic Power (Part 2)