Historiography of Globalization

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The study of globalization is a lengthy and complicated one. Referring to globalization in terms of Archaic, Proto, and Modern is not helpful because doing so contributes to the myth of globalization forged purely by dramatic new linkages by the Europeans in the face of a diminishing role of older connections. I will define each stage of globalization with regard to the current model, the onrush of each stage of globalization in terms of older patterns in both India and China, and finally how the British empire took advantage of these preexistent linkages to bring about Modern globalization in both India and China;all in hopes of dispelling the Eurocentrism present in the current explanation of Globalization. In order to examine each stage globalization in terms of the other, one must first understand each stage in terms of its definitive characteristics. Archaic globalization is characterized by the networks of trade that arouse from sovereigns and local rulers sending out missions to acquire wealth and exotic goods.1 Proto Globalization promotes a complex pattern of multilateral trade through the trading of commodities on a globalized scale.Proto globalization also involves the growth of finance, services, and improved efficiency in the transactions sector.2Modern Globalization is the rise of industrialization and the modern nation state often expressed through imperialism. The historiography of globalization should not be studied like most other historical events, through the system of chronology. When we study the chronology of events, including globalization we seamlessly move from one event to the next with the assumption that the prior is not continuing to operate and mold the latter.Within this myth of lack of interde... ... middle of paper ... ...urnal (2012): 1-26.Accessed November 17th,2013. http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/45724/1/MPRA_paper_45724.pdf “Opium Financed British Rule in India”,BBC News, Feburary 23, 2008.Accessed November 17,2013. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/south_asia/7460682.stm#blq-main Silk Road Map. Map.Travel China Guide.Accessed November 17th,2013. http://www.travelchinaguide.com/silk-road/route.htm. Singh,Abhay Jumar. Modern World System and Indian Proto-Industrialization:Bengal 1650-1800.New Delhi:Northern Brooks Center,2006. The Opium Trade In China.Map. The first Opium War :the Anglo Chinese War of 1839-1842. Accessed November 17, 2013,http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/opium_wars_01/ow1_essay02.html Van de Ven,Hans. “The Onrush of Modern Globalization in China.” In Globalization in World History,edited By A.G. Hopkins,167-196.NewYork:W W Norton & Company,2002.
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