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Globalization in World History

3rd Edition

By Peter N. Stearns


232 pages

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In this third edition of Globalization in World History, Peter Stearns explores the roots of contemporary globalization, examining shifts in the global flow of people, goods and ideas as early as 1000 CE. Exploring how four moments in history have accelerated the process of globalization, Stearns’s narrative details how factors such as economics, migration, disease transmission, culture, the environment, and politics have influenced the nature of globalization as we understand it today.

This updated edition includes:

  • Updates to the whole study with appropriate recent references

  • New brief transition sections that focus attention on the Mongol period, debates over the role of the 18th century, and the partial retreat from globalization after World War I

  • A new final chapter that deals with the rise in attacks on globalization during the most recent decade, from populist objections to the implications of growing authoritarianism, raising the question of whether a new transition is taking shape around us today

Through an interdisciplinary approach that links political, sociological, and historical perspectives, Stearns provides a comprehensive overview of globalization and the historical factors that have shaped it. This book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students of world history, economic history, and political economy.

Table of Contents

  1. Globalization and the Challenge to Historical Analysis
  2. Emerging Patterns of Contact, 1200 BCE – 1000 CE: a preparatory phase
  3. 1000 CE as Turning Point: the birth of globalization?
  4. Transition: the Mongol Period
  5. 1500 as Turning Point: the birth of globalization?
  6. A Late-18th Century Transition
  7. The 1850s as Turning Point: the birth of globalization?
  8. The Great Retreat, 1914-1945, and a New Transition
  9. Globalization since the 1940s: a new global history?
  10. A New Retreat? Another Decade of Disruption
  11. Conclusion: The Historical Perspective


About the Author

Peter N. Stearns is University Professor of History at George Mason University. He has written widely on issues in world history and regularly teaches courses on various facets of globalization.

About the Series

Themes in World History

The Themes in World History series provides exciting, new and wide-ranging surveys of the important themes of world history. Each theme is examined over a broad period of time allowing analysis of continuities and change, and introduces students to historians' methods and debates in their context.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General