Unit 1: Globalization and History The resources in this short, introductory section will discuss some of the meanings and developments associated with the term globalization and the manner in which they have been used by historians to account for changes in the lives of peoples throughout the world over time. One of the major insights to be gained from these resources is that the cultural and political practices (laws, languages, religions, etc.) of any given society tend in some measure to reflect the effects of interactions with the larger world, whether brought about by migration, trade or conquest. Students should keep the concepts found here in mind as they progress through the course. The following units will in fact present numerous examples of the diverse forms of encounter and “interconnectedness” described in the resources below, as well as their many causes and consequences.
Unit 1 Time Advisory
Time Advisory: Completing this unit should take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Unit1 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to: - identify some of the ideas commonly associated with the concept of globalization; and - recognize and more thoroughly assess the manner in which these ideas are used by historians to account for changes in the various states, societies, and cultures examined in the resources below.
1.1 Globalization: Meanings and Historical Contexts - Lecture: YouTube: Professor David Northrup’s “The Worlds of Marco Polo: Towards a History of Globalization” Link: YouTube: Professor David Northrup’s “The Worlds of Marco Polo: Towards a History of Globalization” (YouTube)
Reading: University of Pennsylvania: Professor David Ludden’s “A Quick Guide to the World History of Globalization” Link: University of Pennsylvania: Professor David Ludden’s “A Quick Guide to the World History of Globalization” (HTML)
Instructions: Read this article. Consider Professor Ludden's argument that globalization has changed over time. As you will find, several of the events that Ludden calls “landmarks in the history of globalization” are covered in our course.
Reading this article should take approximately 30 minutes.
Web Media: Yale Center for the Study of Globalization: Professor Nayan Chanda’s “Globalization in the Mirror of History” Link: Yale Center for the Study of Globalization: Professor Nayan Chanda’s “Globalization in the Mirror of History” (Adobe Flash)
Instructions: Click on Part One of “Globalization in the Mirror of History” by Professor Chanda and watch the entire presentation. This resource offers some additional insights into the ideas associated with the term globalization as well as a collection of images that may prove helpful in visualizing the concepts introduced and discussed throughout the unit.
Watching this presentation and taking notes should take approximately 30 minutes.
Subunit 1.1 Assessment - Activity: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 1 Essay: Globalization” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 1 Essay: Globalization” (HTML)
Instructions: This is an ungraded activity. If you choose to complete the activity, you may record your answer anywhere you like. You do have the option to use the link above to save your answers on Saylor.org, though you will need to create a free account in order to do so -- this will only take a minute, and you may do so [here](http://eportfolio.saylor.org/users/sign_up). - Unit 1 provides an overview of the meanings associated with the term globalization. In describing this concept the authors of our resources often refer to forms of cultural blending and “interconnectedness.” Using examples found in the resources, please identify several of the ways in which this can occur. Again, illustrate your answer with references to specific events discussed in the unit assignments and their effects. Tips for getting started: This question asks you to consider the different forms of interaction between states and peoples that have taken place throughout history. As indicated in the unit assignments, these interactions involve a range of encounters and exchanges in the political, social, economic and cultural spheres. It may in fact be helpful to organize your answer around these different themes. For example, what are some forms of economic interaction that involve multiple parts of the world and what kinds of cultural changes can they bring about in the societies involved?
Assessment: The Saylor Foundation's “Reading Questions for Subunit 1.1” Link: The Saylor Foundation's “Reading Questions for Subunit 1.1” (PDF)
Instructions: Complete the linked assessment. When you are finished, compare your response to The Saylor Foundation's “Guide to Responding to Subunit 1.1 Reading Questions”. (PDF)