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The Historical Geography of Globalization

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Michael Bunce

thSeptember 27 2011The Historical Geography of GlobalizationQuestionWhat are the antecedents to modern globalizationWhen how and why did the economy go globaloTimespacethe speed it takes to get somewhereThe World is Ten Years Old Merrill Lynch advertisementIt was born when the Wall fell in 1989many world markets are only recently freedthe spread of free markets and democracy around the world is permitting more people everywhere to turn their aspirations into achievements And technologyhas the power to erase not just geographical borders but also human onesSpread of free marketsdemocracy empowers people to participate but the Cold War divided the East and West communism and capitalismWait a momentDid globalization just begin in 1989Has it no historyAre there no antecedentsAncient beginningsExpansionist civilizationsGreek and Roman Empires oLong distance explorationfirst great expansionist civilizations that moved their home from city through longdistance exploration oInnovation and tradeoWar and conquestobliteration of other people to gain new territory and resourcesoMappingnew lands where things were and what were there described other societies and resourcesoLand clearance and irrigation spatiality producing new placesfor agriculture grains and other crops
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