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Edited by Dr Rob Kitchen, Director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at the National University of Ireland, the Key Concepts in Human Geography series is an innovative set of companion texts for undergraduate students of the Human Geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, they provide a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in their field. All books in the series are authored by internationally recognized academics and include an introductory chapter and extensive pedagogic features in the form of a glossary, figures, diagrams and further reading. Morrissey et al have produced a detailed yet expansive guide to an area in which students have been poorly served in the past. Key Concepts in Historical Geography brings alive the human geographies of the past, and demonstrates their relevancy for understanding key aspects of the contemporary world. This new and innovative includes entries on: Colonial and Postcolonial geographies Globalization Space Power Intended Audience: Key Concepts in Historical Geography is an excellent text for upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students of Historical Geography.

Globalization
Globalization
David Nally
Introduction

‘All major social forces have precursors, precedents and sources in the past’, writes anthropologist Arjun Appadurai (1996: 2). This is indeed the case and globalization is no exception. Although the term itself is of recent origin – the verb to ‘globalize’ first appeared in the 1960s – most scholars recognize that the phenomenon has a far longer history. Difficulties arise, however, when efforts are made to delineate the historical geography of globalization more definitively. Does globalization originate with the first movement of peoples out of Africa? Or much later at the end of the thirteenth century when the Venetian merchant Marco Polo returned home with outlandish tales of Kublai Khan and the hidden marvels of Asia – tales which reawakened trade ...

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