Globalisation

One of my Uni classes is called Global Issues and Identities where we study sociology (think I spent that correctly) and the like and this week’s topic is Globalisation and some of the questions in my class were very interesting and fun to answer and I want to be able to share my answers on here, so here goes!

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IS GLOBALISATION A NEW PHENOMENA?

First off, what is Globalisation? According to Wikipedia (click here), globalisation means:

[…] the process of interaction and integration among people, companies, and governments worldwide

Globalization, Wikipedia

So basically globalization is how the world has become interconnected and how different races and cultures have merged into each other (i.e. we can now get Sushi {a Japanese food} and Chinese foods anywhere, like Australia, America, England, etc.; Cotton:On started out as a small clothes store and is now a big international clothes store in places like Australia, Singapore, Tokyo and such; there’s social media; McDonalds, etc., etc., etc.)

So is this a new phenomena?

Short answer is: no.

It’s been happening since the beginning of time, it’s only becoming more noticeable since the rise of technology and with technology constantly progressing and changing. Technology has actually accelerated the growth of globalization by a phenomenal rate, what with Skype, phones, Facebook, Discord, Snapchat, YouTube, etc. But globalization has been happening long before technology was even thought of, proven with such examples as the hand-written paper letters (which are now being replaced with emails or type-written letters that printed off from an online document) that people used to send to each other and if you want to look even further back, there’s the explorers like Christopher Columbus and such that traveled in ships to discover other parts of the world and the differing cultures.

And even further back, the Ancient Egyptians practiced globalization – they would sail along the Nile, trying to establish trades with other nations.

Attila the Hun had an empire that went from modern-day Uzbekistan to Germany, and from the Baltic Sea in the north to the Black Sea in the south.

So, as you can see, globalization has been occurring for centuries, it’s just been slower since before the invention of technology.

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