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The author of the book: Jürgen Osterhammel
Edition: Princeton University Press
Date of issue: May 1st 2005
ISBN 13: 9780691121659
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"Globalization" has become a popular buzzword for explaining today's world. The expression achieved terminological stardom in the 1990s and was soon embraced by the general public and integrated into numerous languages.
But is this much-discussed phenomenon really an invention of modern times? In this work, J�rgen Osterhammel and Niels Petersson make the case that globalization is not so new, after all. Arguing that the world did not turn "global" overnight, the book traces the emergence of globalization over the past seven or eight centuries. In fact, the authors write, the phenomenon can be traced back to early modern large-scale trading, for example, the silk trade between China and the Mediterranean region, the shipping routes between the Arabian Peninsula and India, and the more frequently traveled caravan routes of the Near East and North Africa--all conduits for people, goods, coins, artwork, and ideas.
Osterhammel and Petersson argue that the period from 1750 to 1880--an era characterized by the development of free trade and the long-distance impact of the industrial revolution--represented an important phase in the globalization phenomenon. Moreover, they demonstrate how globalization in the mid-twentieth century opened up the prospect of global destruction though nuclear war and ecological catastrophe. In the end, the authors write, today's globalization is part of a long-running transformation and has not ushered in a "global age" radically different from anything that came before.
This book will appeal to historians, economists, and anyone in the social sciences who is interested in the historical emergence of globalization.
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Read information about the authorOsterhammel started his academic career as a research fee student at the London School of Economics in 1976/77 and studied and worked there under Professor Ian Nish.
In 1980 he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Kassel (Germany) in Modern History. Two years later he started as a fellow at the German Historical Institute in London.
Between 1986 and 1990 he was the Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Freiburg (Germany). He then worked for seven years as the Professor of Modern History at the German FernUniversität Hagen, a distance-learning university, and university with the highest number of students in Germany. He has also worked as a Professor of Modern History at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva before taking up the same position in the University of Konstanz (Germany) in 1999.
In 2001-2002 he was a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
In 2014 he was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. [
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