Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalization

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Since humans migrated from Africa and dispersed throughout the world, they have found countless ways and reasons to reconnect with each other. In this entertaining book, Nayan Chanda follows the exploits of traders, preachers, adventurers, and warriors throughout history as they have shaped and reshaped the world. For Chanda, globalization is a process of ever-growing interconnectedness and interdependence that began thousands of years ago and continues to this day with ...

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Overview

Since humans migrated from Africa and dispersed throughout the world, they have found countless ways and reasons to reconnect with each other. In this entertaining book, Nayan Chanda follows the exploits of traders, preachers, adventurers, and warriors throughout history as they have shaped and reshaped the world. For Chanda, globalization is a process of ever-growing interconnectedness and interdependence that began thousands of years ago and continues to this day with increasing speed and ease.
In the end, globalization—from the lone adventurer carving out a new trade route to the expanding ambitions of great empires—is the product of myriad aspirations and apprehensions that define just about every aspect of our lives: what we eat, wear, ride, or possess is the product of thousands of years of human endeavor and suffering across the globe. Chanda reviews and illustrates the economic and technological forces at play in globalization today and concludes with a thought-provoking discussion of how we can and should embrace an inevitably global world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300136234
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,378,054
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nayan Chanda is director of publications, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, and editor, YaleGlobal Online. He is former editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review and the Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
The African Beginning     1
From Camel Commerce to E-Commerce     35
The World Inside     71
Preachers' World     105
World in Motion     145
The Imperial Weave     175
Slaves, Germs, and Trojan Horses     209
Globalization: From Buzzword to Curse     245
Who's Afraid of Globalization?     271
The Road Ahead     305
Chronology     321
Acknowledgments     331
Notes     335
Index     373
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