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Globalization in World History

2nd Edition

By Peter N. Stearns


192 pages

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In this revised 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 revised and updated second edition includes:

  • A broadened discussion of regional reactions to globalization, anchoring the topic in world history and allowing for discussions of nationalism.
  • A detailed look at the effects of globalization on the environment.
  • An expanded analysis of athletics, youth culture, and the problems of globalization today.
  • A supplementary online chapter-by-chapter reading guide, which provides additional background context and support for readers.

With an interdisciplinary approach that links political, sociological, and historical perspectives, Stearns’s book provides an ideal overview of the current state of globalization and the historical factors that have shaped it.


It is rare for erudition and accessibility to be joined as cogently as in Peter Stearns’s concise survey of the origins, evolution, and present state of the processes of globalization. His remarkably wide-ranging case examples are woven together in a lively, fast-paced narrative framed by his own interpretations and fair-minded appraisals of key arguments of other major contributors to the field.

Michael Adas, Author of Machines as the Measure of Men and Dominance by Design

A concise introduction both to globalization as a phenomenon in world history and to debates about its timing that makes clear why the latter matters, especially to the students who are the audience of this up-to-date and perceptive survey, and who will experience the benefits and drawbacks of globalization throughout their lives.

Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Editor-in-Chief, Cambridge World History

Table of Contents

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. 1500 as Turning Point: the birth of globalization?
  5. The 1850s as Turning Point: the birth of globalization?
  6. Globalization since the 1940s: a new global history?
  7. Conclusion: The Historical Perspective

About the Author

Peter N. Stearns is University Professor and Provost Emeritus at George Mason University. He is author of Sexuality in World History (2009), Gender in World History (3rd edition 2015), Consumerism in World History (2nd edition 2006), Childhood in World History (3rd edition 2016), Human Rights in World History (2012), and Peace in World History (2014), all in this series. His other recent publications include World History in Brief (8th edition 2012) and Doing Emotions History (2014).

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