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  1. Brett Bowden (2013). 'Poisons Disguised with Honey': European Expansion and the Sacred Trust of Civilization. The European Legacy 18 (2):151-169.
    For many centuries now, those considering themselves civilized have carried out numerous atrocities?from abductions to dispossession to massacres?against those thought to be less civilized, all in the name of civilization. This has particularly been the case in the last 500 years when Europeans came into contact with indigenous peoples in their voyages of discovery and subsequent settlement. One of the justifications for these offences was often couched in terms of the self-appointed duty of ?civilized? Europeans to bring the blessings of (...)
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  2. Brett Bowden (2009). The Empire of Civilization: The Evolution of an Imperial Idea. University of Chicago Press.
    From the Crusades to the colonial era to the global war on terror, this sweeping volume exposes “civilization” as a stage-managed account of history that ...
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  3. Antony Black, Brett Bowden, Bruce Buchan, Joseph Chan, Fred Dallmayr, Nelly Lahoud, Cary J. Nederman, Philip Nel, Makarand Parajape, Anthony Parel, Vicki A. Spencer, Alistair Swale & Peter Zarrow (2008). Western Political Thought in Dialogue with Asia. Lexington Books.
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  4. Brett Bowden (2004). The Ideal of Civilisation: Its Origins and Socio‐Political Character. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 7 (1):25-50.
    There has been a revival in the use of the terms ?civilisation? and ?civilisations? to describe and explain events in the social sciences and humanities, nowhere more so than in politics and international affairs. This revival has seen the terms interpreted and applied in a variety of manners and different contexts. In too many cases this endeavour has been less than effective because of an oversimplification of what the terms mean and what they have historically represented. In part in response (...)
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