Globalization of the Twentieth Century Essay

1259 Words Dec 9th, 2012 6 Pages
Racheal Hunt
HIS 122
Mr. Raby
September 6, 2012
Globalization of the Twentieth Century What is globalization? According to our text book, globalization is “a term referring to a trend by which peoples and nations has become more interdependent” (Spielvogel 679). When using the term of globalization most people are talking about our global economy and global culture. Over the last forty years new technologies have changed the way we communicate. Not only can we communicate with friends and family around the world with the touch of a button but we can use the same technology to buy, sell and distribute almost anything to almost anywhere in the world. This has not only changed our bottom line of profits but has also changed the
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He explains in the book that globalization has made the world borderless because we can buy, sell, communicate and travel in a matter of minutes instead of the weeks and months it once took. Thomas W. Zeiler begins his article called Globalization by saying that globalization actually began hundreds of years ago. Though it was not called globalization, all of the small steps of our ancestors led to what we now know as modern globalization (Zeiler). According to Zeiler, the first era of modern globalization was traced back to America from about the year 1850 to 1914. Post-Civil War, internationalization and Americanization, started because of the beliefs and expressions of the dominance of Americans supposed supremacy (Zeiler). During this time the global economy was managed by Great Britain. They had control over production, marketing and culture over much of the world. From the year 1914 to 1939, Zeiler states we “had disrupted globalization.”
From the end of World War I to about 1950 globalization did not grow. Many experts call this the de-globalization era. This is because the international economic system broke down. Also, during the Cold War of this era the world became divided over moral issues. This did not stop the elite people, such as bankers, of the time to continue trying to push the ideas of globalism by promoting peace and prosperity to motivate people to be

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