Political Science | World Systems Development
Y200 | 9811 | Thompson


This course examines the evolution of globalization over the past
6000 years.  Obviously, one strong assumption is that globalization
is not a contemporary novelty.  Rather, it has been in progress since
at least the emergence of a Sumerian resource acquisition network
that evolved into first an Indian-Near Eastern network and, later, a
network first centered in the eastern Mediterranean.  This focus, in
turn, gave way to an Afro-Eurasian system anchored at both ends by
the Mediterranean Roman power and the Chinese Han empire.  Another
1700 years were to lapse before the networks became truly global by
connecting Afro-Eurasia to the Americas.   In the process of
establishing these linkages, distinctive generalizations can be made
about long-term change and political-economic relationships – some of
which have become obsolete while others remain in force into the 21st
century CE.  Students’ understanding of these processes will be
assessed by two midterms, a final, and a short paper on contemporary
globalization processes.