Summary of Globalization

A Short History

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Globalization book summary
Globalization is more than just the Internet. Think of the Mongols, whose global empire stretched from China to Europe.


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This excellent short book by German historians Jürgen Osterhammel and Niels P. Petersson provides a fascinating, accessible sketch of the development of globalization. The authors bridge the gap between academic historians and general readers. While they discuss, in summary, issues of terminology and research primarily of interest to the former, they do not lose the latter. Many will be surprised to learn that at least part of the foundation of globalization as we know it may have been laid as early as the thirteenth-century Mongolian empire. The authors divide the history of globalization into four major phases, and offer provocative insights into the forces at work in each phase. At a time when many people believe that the term "globalization" connotes an entirely new world condition, this book is an indispensable corrective. getAbstract recommends it to history buffs, journalists, and employees and executives at international companies.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the Mongols were the first globalizers;
  • What the antecedents of globalization are; and
  • How the nineteenth-century ideologies of free trade and Marxism influenced modern globalization.


The Roots of "Globalization"
The word "globalization" actually describes a number of processes that are neither simultaneous nor always moving in the same direction. These processes affect different parts of the world differently. Globalization goes back much farther than the creation ...
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About the Authors

Jürgen Osterhammel is a professor of modern and contemporary history at the University of Konstanz, where Niels P. Peterson is a lecturer in history.

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