Globalization and Global History argues that globalization is not an exotic and new phenomenon. Instead it emphasises that globalization is something that has been with us as long as there have been people who are both interdependent and aware of that fact. Studying globalization from the vantage point of long-term global history permits theoretical and empirical investigation, allowing the authors collected to assess the extent of ongoing transformations and to compare them to earlier iterations. With this historical advantage, the extent of ongoing changes - which previously appeared unprecedented - can be contrasted to similar episodes in the past. The book is divided into three sections. The first focuses on how globalization has been written about from a historical perspective. The second part advances three different takes on how best to view globalization from a very long-term stance. The final section continues this interpretative thread by examining more narrow aspects of globalization processes, ranging from incorporation processes to systemic disruptions. This interdisciplinary volume includes chapters written by historians, sociologists and political scientists.
It will appeal to anyone interested in globalization and its origins.
University of Newcastle, UK. Indiana University, USA.