historical usage of civilization
Once a nation, culture, or group of people has been brought out of the “savage” darkness into an enlightened and advanced state, it becomes a civilization. This sense arose about the same time, but without the imperialistic undertones attached to the original meaning of the word. When used with a modifier, it refers to the civilization of a specific region ( European civilization, French civilization ), people ( Mayan civilization ), or period of time ( modern civilization ).
In the early 19th century, speakers of English started using civilization to mean cities or populated areas in general—that is, places where civilizations are located. This word is applied as well to the comforts and conveniences associated with populated areas, so that today we might use civilization to describe what we have left behind if we go camping in the wilderness and have no cellphone coverage.
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Quotations related to civilization
- "We have allowed our civilization to outrun our culture; we have allowed our technology to outdistance our theology and for this reason we find ourselves caught up with many problems. "-Martin Luther King Sermon at Temple Israel of Hollywood American Rhetoric (delivered February 26, 1965)
- "As lower individuals within a society perish by contact with a civilization to which they cannot properly assimilate themselves, so ‘lower races’ in some instances disappear by similar contact with higher races whose diseases and physical vices prove too strong for them. "-J. A. Hobson Imperialism: A Study (1902)
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For some reason, civilization is not a self-perpetuating state of affairs on this planet.Self-destructive civilizations may doom our search for alien intelligence|Tom Siegfried|July 6, 2020|Science News
If so, far more movies have been made on Earth about alien civilizations than there actually are alien civilizations.Self-destructive civilizations may doom our search for alien intelligence|Tom Siegfried|July 6, 2020|Science News
At the core of their argument is the fact that since the first large human settlements appeared 10,000 years ago, civilization has been built on the back of our ability to extract resources from nature, be they food, energy, or materials.
In the Drake equation, about half the unknowns are about extraterrestrial civilizations.This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 20)|Singularity Hub Staff|June 20, 2020|Singularity Hub
This contained a term for how long such civilizations might exist before destroying themselves.Evolution: Why It Seems to Have a Direction and What to Expect Next|Matthew Wills|June 10, 2020|Singularity Hub
John Paul II told the European Union at the time that it was “a beacon of civilization.”Pope’s Blistering Attack on ‘Haggard’ Europe|Nico Hines|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, it would return European civilization back to a period of darkness not witnessed since the Middle Ages.How WWI Produced the Holocaust|J.P. O’Malley|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They pointed to a common claim: that at some point in distant history there was a civilization of giants.Hunting for a Real-Life Hagrid|Nina Strochlic|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Crawford leads them in plunging back into the river whose waters fed the first civilization.ISIS Has a Bigger Coalition Than We Do|Michael Daly|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This war, said Poroshenko, is a “choice between civilization and barbarism.”Ukraine’s President Wowed Congress, But His Party Has a Dark Side|Anna Nemtsova|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Within the past thirty years civilization has rapidly taken possession of this lovely region.Among the Sioux|R. J. Creswell
William has thus been happily able to report to the society the approaching conversion of M'Bongo and his imminent civilization.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
The whole history of human civilization was denounced as an unredeemed record of the spoliation of the weak by the strong.
The nerves of our industrial civilization are worn thin with the rattle of its own machinery.
Here was a bit of a civilization of a building era, that was almost old, everything being relative.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton