As we approach the end of the twentieth century, there is widespread interest in globalization which is thought to be shaping our lives technologically, economically, culturally, and in terms of changing political identities. Ian Clark takes globalizationand its opposite, fragmentation as the organizing themes for a grand retrospective of twentieth-century international history. Challenging the presentation of globalization as a pre-ordained, technology-driven, and irreversible process, he argues that both globalization and fragmentation have ebbed and flowed throughout the century, governed by its great formative events: westernization, the two World Wars, the depression, and the rise and fall of the cold war. Globalization and Fragmentation offers a succinct, original critique of the century's international developments. It sets out a challenging analysis of globalization as a process reflecting political relations both between and within states, and brings together the historical and theoretical study of international relations.
`Tension between integrative and disintegrative forces has already produced the post-cold war world's most significant fault-line. Ian Clark has written the best guide I've seen to these global tectonics and the upheavals we can expect from them. Required reading for anyone concerned with how the past is likely to shape the future.' John Lewis Gaddis, Distinguished Professor of History, Ohio University
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st July 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.34 x 15.6 x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.38