Origins Of Globalisation

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Globalisation can be conceived as the growing interconnectedness of the world as a result of changes in the way humans organise their relationships and interact. Shared social networks of activity and power are created, expressed in economic, political, technological, environmental and cultural terms. In an interdependent world, changes and development within these complex relational arenas hold the potential to be felt across the globe. Globalisation today is not a new phenomena. Conceptually, philosopher Peter Sloterdijk considers the origins of globalisation to be the intellectual construct of the world as a spherical form by Ancient Greek cosmologists. A practical realisation, however, took shape in the Renaissance Period through circumnavigation of the globe, the discovery of new lands and the rise of empires. Nineteenth Century European colonialism, enhanced by the technological advances of the Industrial Revolution, created the foundations of global connectivity and an incipient global economy. Following Twentieth Century decolonisation, this paved the way for the globalisation of the present - a world of nation states connected by world markets and political agreements, increasingly influenced by the growth and sophistication of information-technologies and the emergence, to use another of Sloterdijk 's terms, of an 'electronic atmosphere ' enclosing the Earth. The advent of the Internet is arguably the most prominent game-changer of contemporary globalisation. The
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