Globalization in World History
Globalization has become an issue of the greatest urgency in the first
decade of the new century.
Recent world events, especially the
terrorist attacks on the United States and the evolving conflicts in
the Middle East, have sparked wider concern for global issues in
general. There is now a flood of literature on the economics, politics,
and sociology of globalization and regular commentary in the serious
daily and weekly press.
Virtually all of this discussion makes assumptions, and frequently
explicit claims, about the novelty of globalization. According to one
view, globalization is a new phenomenon that can be dated from the
1980s. A second view holds that globalization has a long history that
can be traced to the nineteenth century, if not earlier. These are
important claims, but until now they had not attracted significant
critical attention from historians. This volume is the first by a team
of historians to address these issues.
Globalization in World History has two distinctive features. First, it
traces the history of globalization across nearly three centuries.
Second, it emphasizes a feature that the current debate greatly
underestimates: the fact that globalization has non-Western as well as
Western origins. Globalization is much more than a new way to tell the
all-too-familiar "rise of the West" story. The contributors bring their
expertise to bear on themes that give prominence to China, South Asia,
Africa, and the world of Islam, as well as to Europe and the United
States; these themes span the last three centuries while also showing
an awareness of more distant antecedents. The result is a coherent and
thought-provoking collection of essays. Globalization will become a
major theme of historical research during the next decade; this book
will help set the new agenda.
- November 2002
- 5.6 × 8.2 in
/ 352 pages
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