Globalization and Fragmentation: International Relations in the Twentieth Century

Paperback | May 1, 1997

byIan Clark

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As we approach the end of the twentieth century, there is widespread interest in globalization which is thought to be shaping our lives technologically, economically, culturally, and in terms of changing political identities. Ian Clark takes globalizationand its opposite, fragmentation as theorganizing themes for a grand retrospective of twentieth-century international history. Challenging the presentation of globalization as a pre-ordained, technology-driven, and irreversible process, he argues that both globalization and fragmentation have ebbed and flowed throughout the century,governed by its great formative events: westernization, the two World Wars, the depression, and the rise and fall of the cold war. Globalization and Fragmentation offers a succinct, original critique of the century's international developments. It sets out a challenging analysis of globalization as a process reflecting political relations both between and within states, and brings together the historical and theoretical studyof international relations.

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As we approach the end of the twentieth century, there is widespread interest in globalization which is thought to be shaping our lives technologically, economically, culturally, and in terms of changing political identities. Ian Clark takes globalizationand its opposite, fragmentation as theorganizing themes for a grand retrospective ...

Ian Clark is Deputy Director of the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:230 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:May 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Introduction1. Globalization and Fragmentation2. The Paradoxes of the Pre-War World, 1900-19143. The Impact of War, 1914-19194. The Fragmentation of the Inter-War Era, 1919-19395. States of War, 1939-19456. The Cold War and Globalization, 1945-19697. Eras of Negotiation and Confrontation, 1970-19898. Beyond the Cold War, 1990-2000ConclusionBibliographyIndex

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`Tension between integrative and disintegrative forces has already produced the post-cold war world's most significant fault-line. Ian Clark has written the best guide I've seen to these global tectonics and the upheavals we can expect from them. Required reading for anyone concerned withhow the past is likely to shape the future.'John Lewis Gaddis, Distinguished Professor of History, Ohio University