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Steger Ch. 1-2 Microtheme

Steger Ch. 1-2 Microtheme

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Published by: Blake Schrein on May 03, 2011
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Blake E. SchreinProf. ArnoldHon. Global Connections18 January 2011Steger Chapters 1 & 2 MicrothemeWhen reading the first two chapters from Stegers Globalization: A VeryShort Introduction
, I was most struck by the contents of the second chapterpertaining to the history of the components of globalization. I was also astonishedthat there are some scholars who try to put a finite timeline on the progression of globalization. For, it seems clear to me that globalization is, to put it simply, theincreasing awareness of the few degrees, if any, of separation that connect us to allparts of our world.As Steger explained how our ancestors were able to create more permanent villages and increase their population with the domestication of plants and animalsI asked myself, How is this even disputable? It appeared obvious to me that thesewere the very rough beginnings of globalization. Every movement needs a basestructure to build upon.Sure enough, after those villages were erected Steger covered how two newclasses emerged. Those classes being the craft specialists and the bureaucratsand soldiers. Thanks to the crafts department the wheel was shortly inventedwhich we all know advantaged everything from farming to transportation. Thoseprogresses, in turn, advantaging the ensuing steps of globalization until we come topresent day where it is still progressing. So, it seems to me that globalization has

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