An introduction to the history of globalization

It witnessed the creation of the first international postal serviceas well as the rapid transmission of epidemic diseases such as bubonic plague across the newly unified regions of Central Asia. In the discourse of nationalism, the "nation" and "empire" lived in their opposition to one another; but "economic imperialism" was standard practice for economically expansive nation states, and "gun boat diplomacy" became a typical feature of economic transactions among hostile states.

We can expect the economy and the polity to be globalized to the extent that they are culturalized. Before the 20th century began, there were just Portfolio investmentbut no trade-related or production-relation Direct investment. Global Trade The global trade in the 20th century shows a higher share of trade in merchant production, a growth of the trade in services and the rise of production and trade by multinational firms.

The volume of the slave trade peaked around The accounting standards in the U. However, the economic interpretation of the European Commission is contested by several authors, important among them is Thompson Wallerstein says that the national economics got a shift during 20th century.

Reduction or elimination of capital controls Reduction, elimination, or harmonization of subsidies for local businesses Creation of subsidies for global corporations Harmonization of intellectual property laws across the majority of states, with more restrictions Supranational recognition of intellectual property restrictions e.

Globalization Updated December History of Globalization While globalization is often referred to as a contemporary or modern phenomenon, globalization can be studied from a historical perspective, by using the historical record spanning many centuries or millennia.

Shortly before the turn of the 16th century, Portuguese started establishing trading posts factories from Africa to Asia and Brazil, to deal with the trade of local products like slavesgoldspices and timberintroducing an international business center under a royal monopoly, the House of India.

The 19th century witnessed the advent of globalization approaching its modern form. The non-economic context broadly includes socio-cultural, historical and political dimensions of globalization. His definition of global economy runs as under: In South Asia, it should be noted, the Delhi Sultanate and Deccan states provided a system of power that connected the inland trading routes of Central Asia with the coastal towns of Bengal and the peninsula and thus to Indian Ocean trade for the first time.

The production of merchant goods in the 20th century largely decreased from the levels seen in the 19th century. Agrarian commercialism inside regions of trading activity clearly supported increasing manufacturing and commercial activity -- and also a growth spurt in the rise of urbanization. The increase of world trade before beginning in right before World War I broke out in were incentives for bases of direct colonial rule in the global South.

It includes social arrangements for the production, exchange, distribution and consumption of goods and tangible services. This coming after the outbreak of the war which had left France without the ability to support itself agriculturally since France had a shortage of fertilizers and machinery in All these features of modernity are involved in the process of globalization.

Globalization refers to those processes, operating at a global scale, which cut across national boundaries, integrating on connecting communities and organizations in space-time combinations, making the world in reality and in experience more interconnected.

It was in this period that areas of sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific islands were incorporated into the world system. These arenas give meaning and content to globalization: Economic context of globalization seems to be stronger and louder.

It is also argued that globalization is nothing short of a cultural bombardment on the developing countries by the western modernity — capitalism, industrialism and the nation-state system.

There does not seem to have been any significant military power at sea. Economy, Society and Culture: Territorial expansion by our ancestors to all five continents was a critical component in establishing globalization.

I maintain that what has come to be called globalization is, in spite of differing conceptions of that theme, best understood as indicating the problem of the form in terms of which the world becomes united, but by no means integrated in naive functionalist mode. Several macroeconomic factors such as exchange risks and uncertain monetary policies were a big barrier for international investments as well.

Giddens argues that each of the three main dynamics of modernization implies universalizing tendencies which render social relations even more inclusive.

Internet links, cellular phones and media networks. A century later there was a domestic safety net in most emerging countries so that banking panics were changed into situations where the debts of an insolvent banking system were taken over by the government.

We shall discuss all these discourses on globalization at a later state. In his effort to define globalization, Robertson links it with modernity and post-modernity.

The definition of globalization which is contested by Thompson makes five important improvements:globalization. We do not assert that these events are unrelated to globaliza-tion, or that they are unimportant.

We simply think that, as economists, we are better equipped to resolve the other issues first. History Matters The essays in this volume take the long view.

Globalization is not a new phenomenon. Moments and forces of expansion mark the major turning points and landmarks in the history of globalization 1.

c BCE: Chandragupta Maurya becomes a Buddhist and combines the expansive powers of a world religion, trade economy, and imperial armies for the first time. Globalization is an historical process that began with the first movement of people out of Africa into other parts of the world.

Traveling short or long distances, migrants, merchants and others have delivered their ideas, customs and products to new lands. 1. Globalization: a contested concept; 2. Globalization and history: is globalization a new phenomenon?

3. The economic dimension of globalization; 4. The political dimension of globalization; 5. The cultural dimension of globalization; 6.

History of globalization

The ecological dimension of globalization; 7. "Globalization: An Introduction to the End of the Known World" surveys the history of globalization from the earliest of ancient texts through contemporary debates and the prospects for anticipating the new worlds to come.

History of globalization: The history of globalization is not very old.

Globalization: Introduction, Meaning, Definition and History

It is quite recent. If postmodernism was the concept of the s, globalization is the concept of the s. And, interestingly, postmodernism despite its longer history is even today controversial, whereas globalization is not that much debatable.

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