Intro: Flags and Cultural Identity
On January 3, 1992, there was a meeting of Russian and American scholars. 2 weeks earlier the Soviet Union was no longer and Russian Federation became independent. The only problem was that the flag was hung upside down.
April 18, 1994, 2,000 people rallied in Sarajevo waving flags
October 16, 1994, in LA 70,000 people marched beneath "a sea of Mexican flags" protesting Proposition 187.
Multipolar, Multicivilizational World
The nation states of the west were Britain, France, Spain, Austria, Prussia, and US. Global politics became bipolar and were divided into three parts. They define themselves in terms of ancestry, religion, language, history, values, customs and institutions. Culture is both a divisive and unifying force. People are separated by ideology but united by culture. The cold war is a world of 7 out of 8 major civilizations. The end of cold war means end of significant conflict in global politics, "end of history".
Civilizations in History and Today