Understanding Global Issues

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Globalisation 2008: Change and continuity in a shrinking world

Globalisation is nothing new. It began with the Industrial Revolution, was boosted by the expansion of the British Empire, and only paused for the duration of the long European and world war which started in 1914 and ended in 1945. That catastrophe triggered the creation of a string of international institutions, from the UN to the EU, designed to bring some reason and humanity into the political and commercial harshness of early globalisation. In the 10 years since UGI last looked at this subject, technology has shrunk the world dramatically. Much has changed, but much has not.

Published: February 2008 ISBN: 0852335180

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