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Globalization and Global History

1st Edition

Edited by Barry K. Gills, William Thompson


306 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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Globalization and Global History argues that globalization is not an exotic and new phenomenon. Instead it emphasizes 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.

Table of Contents

"Globalizations, Global Histories, and Globalizations"

Barry K. Gills and William R. Thompson

"Globalizing History and Historicising Globalization"

Jerry H. Bentley

"The Global Animus : In the Tracks of Historical Consciousness"

Roland Robertson and David Inglis

"Civilizing Processes and International Societies"

Andrew Linklater

"Globalizations: The First Ten, Hundred, Five Thousand, and Million Years"

David Wilkinson

"The Big Collapse: A Brief Cosmology of Globalization"

Claudio Cioffi-Revilla

"[Re} Peripheralization, [Re] Incorporation, Frontiers and Nonstate Societies: Continuities and Discontinuities in Globalization Processes"

Thomas D. Hall

"Growth/Decline Phases and Semiperipheral Development in the Ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian World-Systems"

Christopher Chase-Dunn, Daniel Pasciuti, Alexis Alvarez, and Thomas D. Hall

"Early Iron Age Economic Expansion and Contraction Revisited"

Andre Gunder Frank and William R. Thompson

"Dark Ages: Ecological Crisis Phases and System Transition"

Sing C. Chew

"Three Steps in Globalization: Global Networks from 1000 B.C.E. to 2050 C.E."

Joachim Karl Rennstich

"Globalization Began in 1571"

Dennis O. Flynn and Arturo Giraldez

"Colonies in a Globalizing Economy, 1815-1948"

Patrick Karl O’Brien



About the Editors

Barry K. Gills is Reader in International Politics at the University of Newcastle, UK and Director of the Globalization Research Center at the University of Hawaii, USA. William R. Thompson is Rogers Professor of Political Science at the University of Indiana, USA.

About the Series

Rethinking Globalizations

This series is designed to break new ground in the literature on globalisation and its academic and popular understanding. Rather than perpetuating or simply reacting to the economic understanding of globalisation, this series seeks to capture the term and broaden its meaning to encompass a wide range of issues and disciplines and convey a sense of alternative possibilities for the future.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General