The Global Imperative / Edition 1

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Overview


Robert Clark delves into 100 millennia of human history to create a unified and consistent explanation for humankind’s inner need to spread itself across the globe. He examines key events from different eras, such as the voyages of the Chinese treasure fleet, the shaping of the Aztec’s trade system in MesoAmerica, the role of steam-powered transport in the supply of an English city, the rise of the gas-powered engine, and the digitization of information in the computer age, melding them together to form a framework for understanding the process of globalization.Drawing on a variety of academic disciplines including the physical sciences, biology, anthropology, geography, economics, political science, sociology, and demography, Clark reveals the spread of humans and their cultures to be part of an ongoing struggle to supply the energy needs of an increasingly large and complex society. “Entropy” and “thermodynamics,” terms often ignored or misunderstood by social science students, clearly frame a fascinating vision of humans’ inherent tendency toward a globalized world.Although human expansion has drawn increasing attention in the last several decades, as this tumultuous century has progressed, Clark shows that the process of globalization is not a recent concept. From the very roots of the species, humankind has been driven by a range of internal and external factors to expand in order to survive the increasing complexity of human civilization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813331812
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Series: Global History Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: 1520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.48 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert P. Clark is professor of government and politics at George Mason University.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Foreword
Introduction: Why Globalization? 1
Out of Africa 21
The Neolithic Revolution 35
Ancient Cities and Trade Routes 51
The Age of Discovery 68
The Partnership of Steam and Coal 86
Petroleum and the Internal Combustion Engine 103
Part One: Prelude to the Information Age 118
Part Two: The Information Age 135
Part Three: Cities and Global Systems in the Information Age 149
Notes 166
About the Book and Author 188
Index 189
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