4th Edition

Globalization in World History

By Peter N. Stearns Copyright 2024
    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this fully revised fourth edition, this book treats globalization from several vantage points, showing how these help grasp the nature of globalization both in the past and today.

    The revisions include greater attention to the complications of racism (after 1500) and nationalism (after 1850); further analysis of reactions against globalization after World War I and in the 21st century; more discussion of student exchanges; and fuller treatment of developments since 2008, including the role of the Covid-19 pandemic in contemporary globalization.

    Four major chronological phases are explored: in the centuries after 1000 CE, after 1500, after 1850, and since the mid-20th century. Discussion of each phase includes relevant debates over the nature and extent of the innovations involved, particularly in terms of transportation/communications technologies and trade patterns. The phase approach also facilitates analysis of the range of interactions enmeshed in globalization, beyond trade and migration, including disease exchange, impacts on culture and consumer tastes, and for the modern periods policy coordination and international organizations. Finally, the book deals with different regional positions and reactions in each of the major phases. This includes not only imbalances of power and economic benefit but also regional styles in dealing with the range of global relationships.

    This volume is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of world history, economic history, and political economy.

    Part I: Context 1. Globalization and the Challenge to Historical Analysis 2. Emerging Patterns of Contact, 1200 BCE–1000 CE: A Preparatory Phrase Part II: Early Globalization, 1000–1450 CE 3. The Birth of Globalization? 4. Transition: The Mongol Period Part III: Protoglobalization 5. The Main Features of Protoglobalization, 1500–1750 6. A Late-18th-Century Transition Part IV: Modern Globalization, 1850–1945 7. The 1850s as Turning Point: The Birth of Modern Globalization 8. The Great Retreat, 19141945, and a New Transition Part V: Contemporary Globalization: The Most Recent Phase and Its Backlash 9. Contemporary Globalization since the 1940s: A New Global History? 10. A New Retreat? The Signs of Disruption in the 21st Century 11. Conclusion: The Historical Perspective


    Peter Stearns is Distinguished University Professor of History at George Mason University. For several decades he has regularly taught world history and globalization courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. He has published titles in the Themes in World History series, on subjects including time, human rights, and happiness, with his latest release Punishment in World History.