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Wilfrid Laurier University
Global Studies
Bina Mehta

Michael Matthews September 20, 2011 Power, Neo-Liberalism, and the rise of Transitional Corporations th  Critical Reflection assignment due Thursday September 29 7pm. Upload to Class ID (4330977) enrol password: (global). 500 words on “What does Globalization mean to you? Political th Economy quiz: Thurs October 6 .  Contact, Contested, and contradictory. Three things that help us start to think about globalization. Consciousness of this global imaginary that we believe we are all together.  Rise of the West: modernization and developed countries. “The west and the rest”. The rise of the west as a global economic power should not be seen to have been inevitable. It is a complex phenomenon. Still, the conditions must have been ripe…Climate, Innovations accumulate, moving innovations, Fragmented political order, Protestant work ethic, Industrialization, A freak occurrence.  While in Europe in 1100ish. Marco Polo made extensive travels all throughout Asia and Europe. Exploration was a big part of spreading knowledge and ideas and contact. He brought noodles from china to Italy, and now it is a major food piece of Italy. He traveled with Kublai Khan and was a major part in the extension of mapping and spreading knowledge.  Ibn Battuta was one of the greatest travelers if all time. Connection happens through travel.  Vasco De Gama- Another big Traveller. Very successful, made about 60 times of the costs of his trip.  Zheng He was an incredible ship maker, very interested in expeditions around the world.  The Spice Market was very important, along with trade groups.  How did the West get to this position globally today?  How does neoliberalism relate to globalization.  Political Economy most commonly refers to interdisciplinary studies drawing upon economies, law, and political science in explaining how political institutions, the political environment, systems, and mixed influences. Jevons work was the beginning of the math method in economics. Science, math, and logic were applied to economics by William Stanley Jevons (1835-1882).  Why political economies matter? It starts in 1870’s. There was a short war at this time, between German speaking states and France. And Kaiser Wilhelm I and Napoleo
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