The process of globalization has brought about countless changes in societies, communities, regions and economies across the globe. It has been analyzed from many perspectives as a result and much has been written to muddy the waters of our understanding of this important concept. In going back to the real origins of the global economy, this book demonstrates that understanding this phenomenon as a, 'battle against time' will bring a new clarity to the subject.
The process of globalization was accompanied by the mastering of ‘social time’, thereby producing a progressive increase in the speed of business transactions, both in manufacturing and in services. The context is the development of international trade in western societies and the creation of business institutions to drive forward growth. The account takes a ‘long view’, beginning with early European exploration in the B.C. period, and ending with the establishment of Multinational Enterprises in the 20th century.
Using an impressive range of sources this unique book will be valuable reading for students and academics involved with the study of international business, economic history, business history and politics, among other disciplines.
'This is valuable reading, helping the reader to understand the historical dynamics of the international economy during the last millennium, in order to achieve a more realistic view of globalization' - Andrea Colli, Bocconi University, UK
Introduction: The Co-ordination of Time Part I: Terrestrial Globalization 1. Exploring the Globe 2. The Emergence of Temporalities 3. The Age of Merchant Capitalism Part II: The Industrial Globalization 4. Time in British Industry and Railway Transport 5. Time and Politics 6. Speed in Transport and Industry 7. Time and Motion 8. Time and Emotion 9. The Accelerated Transfer of People and Cargo Part III: Electronic Globalization 10. Information and Communication Revolution 11. The Japanese Miracle and Just in Time 12. Flexitime 13. Time and Cultures 14. Epilogue