Journal section "Public administration"

The Logic of Withstanding between Civilizational Poles

Volkonsky V.A.

Volume 16, Issue 1, 2023

Volkonsky V.A. (2023). The logic of withstanding between civilizational poles. Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 16(1), 35–54. DOI: 10.15838/esc.2023.1.85.2

DOI: 10.15838/esc.2023.1.85.2

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The article proposes a conceptual scheme of historical development as a sequence of breaking points that are associated with the change of sense, ideological structure and determine the dominant attitudes of the subjects of historical activity. The time intervals between successive breaking points are epochs of relative stability of the system of ideological attitudes. The modern epoch began with a historical breaking point that came at the end of the 19th – early 20th century, replacing the epoch of classical capitalism of the 15th – 19th century. The dominant sense structure of the modern epoch is determined by the civilizational confrontation between Western countries and a group of leading non-Western countries. In the 20th century, the main ideological contradiction of this multidimensional confrontation was the struggle of socialism and capitalism. However, at the beginning of the 21st century, the confrontation between Western and non-Western countries transformed into a struggle between supporters of a unipolar world and supporters of a multipolar world. From time to time, the civilizational confrontation experiences periods of extreme aggravation (for example, the First and Second world wars), which is then followed by “détente”. The most important factor in historical dynamics is the processes that occur in the Western power elite and that are associated with the need to maintain the dominant ideology of superiority in this part of the world. The article describes the features of economic and political processes that can lead to the emergence and acceleration of exacerbations in international relations. They include the tendency of the West losing its leadership and an uncompromising struggle with contenders for new leadership; large-scale and, in many ways, successful attempts to manipulate public consciousness through the media and the education system; emergence of powers behind the throne in Western countries; revival of neo-Nazi organizations


confrontation, ideology, historical breaking point, epoch of stability, historical development, withstanding, West, non-Western countries

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