Political Science | World System Development
Y200 | 10649 | 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.