Globalization: History versus Technology

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Globalization: History versus Technology

In his work on globalization, Steger (2017) defines globalization as the enhancement of
world interdependencies. In the second chapter, he considers the process of globalization as more
of a continuous historical process. Although many modern scholars believe the concept as an
interaction of people in economic and political domains, globalization has historical roots in
human societies and has played a pivotal role in their integration: “The enhancement of
worldwide interdependence and the general growth of awareness of deepening global
connections are gradual processes with deep historical roots” (Steger, 2017, p. 17-18). However,
there are divergent viewpoints regarding whether globalization developed gradually in the
history of humankind of whether it stemmed from the rapid technological advancement of the
19th century. While it can be argued that these two viewpoints played a crucial role in shaping
globalization, it can be pointed ou...

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