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Global History and Globalisation (Giorgio Riello)

What do we mean by globalization? Which are the main features of globalization? And are these historically contingent? When did globalization begin? Can we pinpoint a specific date? Can we see different phases of globalization in the last 250 years? Are they characterised by different attributes? Is globalisation an
intensification of specific features at a global level (ex. communication, transnationality, etc)? Or does it entail the birth of new forms of connectivity? And why do so many social scientists insist that globalization is as recent as the 1970s?



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