The Civilizations of the Americas: The Crystallization of Distinct Modernities S.N. E ISENSTADT I The purpose of this article is to analyze the development of the distinct institutional and cultural patterns in the Americas as crystallization of distinct modern civilizations. The major assumption of this article is that in the Americas there developed not just local variations of the European model or models, but radically new institutional and ideological patterns. These patterns were derived and in many ways brought over from Europe, but they became not just changed through adaptation to local conditions but radically transformed. In all or at least most of the settings of the Americas we can trace the crystallization of new civilizations, and not just, as Louis Hartz claimed, of “fragments” of Europe. 1 It is quite possible that this has been the rst case of the crystallization of new civilizations since that of the Great “Axial” Civilizations and also the last to date. At the same time the crystallization of modernity in the Americas attests to the fact that even within the broad framework of modern Western civilization — however de ned — there developed not just one but multiple cultural programs
Comparative Sociology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2002
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