Globalization A Short History of the Modern World

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-11-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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International politics began with the emergence of the first organized states thousands of years ago. Global politics is more recent--it appeared about five centuries ago when the European powers began to mesh the world's far corners together through conquest and trade. Today we live on a planet characterized by globalization or the ever more complex economic, cultural, technological, and environmental interdependence among all people everywhere. Until recently globalization's development was slow. Although countries increasingly traded, allied, and negotiated with each other, the divisions among them far outweighed the ties, and nations often settled their conflicts with war or the threat of war. However, since 1945, despite or more likely because of the "Cold War," globalization has developed rapidly and profoundly. Today all humans are formally tied to all others through their country's membership in the United Nations and numerous other international organizations, along with the immediate benefits of global trade, telecommunications, travel, and the internet. Yet globalization has a dark side--it destroys as well as creates jobs, wealth, and lives, while every human lives under the shadow of potential nuclear and ecological extinction. How did humanity reach a stage of history so filled with such an array of prospects and perils?Globalization: A Short History of the Modern Worldexplores that all powerful force for good and evil from the Renaissance through today and beyond.

Author Biography

William Nester is Professor of Government and Politics at St. John’s University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Globalization, Perils, and Prospectsp. 1
From the Dawn of Civilization to Versailles
Modernity and Its Discontentsp. 9
The Rise and Fall of Civilizationsp. 15
From Feudal to Modern Europep. 19
Global Imperialism's First Wavep. 27
The Nation-Statep. 35
Liberalism and Nationalismp. 39
The Industrial Revolutionp. 47
Global Imperialism's Second Wavep. 57
From Versailles to Copenhagen
Peace, Prosperity, and Collapsep. 67
The Rise of Communism and Fascismp. 73
The Anticolonial Strugglep. 81
Global War and the Postwar Liberal Systemp. 85
The Cold War from 1947 to 1968p. 93
The Cold War from 1969 to 1991p. 113
The Post-Cold War Worldp. 131
The Post-September 11 Worldp. 139
The Faustian Dilemmap. 145
Notesp. 153
Indexp. 173
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