Globalization: A Short History of the Modern World

Hardcover | November 15, 2010

byWilliam R. Nester

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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 World explores that all powerful force for good and evil from the Renaissance through today and beyond.

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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 ev...

William R. Nester is the author of over twenty books on international relations and military history. He is currently a professor at St. John’s University in New York City.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:190 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230106919

ISBN - 13:9780230106918

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Globalization, Perils and Prospects * Part 1: From the Dawn of Civilization to the Marne * Modernity and Its Discontents * The Rise and Fall of Civilizations * From Feudal to Modern Europe * Global Imperialism’s First Wave * The Nation-State * Liberalism and Nationalism * The Industrial Revolution * Global Imperialism’s Second Wave through World War I * Part 2: From Versailles to Copenhagen * Peace, Prosperity, and Collapse * Totalitarianism: The Rise of Communism and Fascism * The Anti-Colonial Struggle * World War II and the Postwar Liberal Global System * The Cold War from 1947 to 1968 * The Cold War from 1969 to 1991 * The Post Cold War World * Chapter 16: The Post September 11 World * Into the 21st Century: The Faustian Dilemma