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312_globalization_27 - ASAN 312(Pollard Contemporary Asian Civilizations 27 January 2009 Historical globalizations in Asia Ancient modern and

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ASAN 312 (Pollard) Contemporary Asian Civilizations 27 January 2009 Historical globalizations in Asia: Ancient, modern and contemporary Reference for review. Review Aat Vervourn, Re Orient: Change in Asian Societies , 3 rd ed., Chapter 1. And see the downloadable chapter outline (handout). 1 Definition : When did globalizations begin? To answer that question, one first must be clear in one’s mind about what one means by globalization . Unsurprisingly, the starting point and initial impulses for historical globalization is controversial. For example, globalization may, variously be understood as beginning with the Silk Route between China and Rome two millennia ago, late-fifteenth-century European imperial colonizers, the end of World War II or even more recently. In most cases, globalization- related changes in Asia and elsewhere may be characterized as 1) accelerating, 2) border-crossing, 3) interdependent, and 4) planet- circling, i.e., global, in their reach, or if not geographically global, then reaching very large parts of the human-inhabited world. In the chart on page 2 of this handout, the major foci or domains of globalization may be understood as movements of one type or another. Depending on what aspects of globalization fascinate or irritate you, one could argue that these domains overlap. Also, the examples are illustrative—not exhaustive. Moreover, since interdependence is a hallmark of any kind of globalization, some examples may be placed in one domain rather than another. A complete list of examples, trends and countertrends is vast. 1
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2011 for the course ASAN 312 taught by Professor Pollard during the Spring '09 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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312_globalization_27 - ASAN 312(Pollard Contemporary Asian Civilizations 27 January 2009 Historical globalizations in Asia Ancient modern and

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