Contemporary Culture And International Relations

CHAPTER I

CONTEMPORARY CULTURE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

ZHU MAJIE

As the new millennium approaches, humankind confronts two great trends: the multi-polarization of the world configuration and the globalization of the world economy. Massive flows of materials, information, capital and ideas are involved in these two trends. This is a strong shock to the old international order; consequently, relations among states and groups of states are being correspondingly readjusted. Changes in trends and public morals are influenced by various factors, among which culture becomes increasingly prominent. In the evolution of the global interaction of cultures new international relations ...

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acquired by man as a member of society. American anthropologist Clyde Kluckhohn stated that, culture is a history-created system of survival types, dominant or recessive, having tendencies shared by the whole group or by some particular part in a certain period of time. A German anthropologist observed that culture is a form of life; its pillar is the power of thought; its scope includes rational knowledge; its main content is the form of what used to be the existence, the compulsory knowledge or insight, the conception of objects and the command of language. Other scholars saw the fundamental attribute of culture as human creativity: creation by men and all that men have created, be it material and its products, or spirit and its products. In other words, all activities that men have been engaged in can be referred to as culture.1 All in all, in its broad sense, culture refers to the sum of the material and spiritual wealth that has been created in the historical practice of ...

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cross national borders and obviate the barriers of the time and space; and they affect the process of modern society with these characteristics. Obviously, the impacts of modern culture on international relations and international strategy are increasingly evident and strong.

The Diversity of Modern Culture. Our global village has a population of 6 billion, constituting over 2500 nations or about 200 countries with diversified and variegated cultures throughout the long process of human history. Each culture is justifiable -- otherwise it would not exist, grow and develop -- albeit each differs in its traditions and characters. That is why our world is so profuse and full of life. ...

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