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Unit 15. Early Global Commodities

What is globalization and when did it begin? Before the sixteenth century, the world's four main monetary substances were silver, gold, copper, and shells. But it was China's demand for silver and Spain's newly discovered mines in the Americas that finally created an all-encompassing network of global trade. This unit is related to Unit 24 because it explores an earlier period of globalization, and the ways that globalization helped integrate the world's peoples. more »

Unit 19. Global Industrialization

How was the story of the industrial revolution a global process? Industrialization was and is a global process, not just a European or American story. This unit links Cuba, Uruguay, Europe, and Japan, examining the impact of industry on trade, environment, culture, technology, and lives around the world. It is related to Unit 24 because industrialization was a critical factor in shaping twentieth-century globalization-through the development of modern transport and technologies. more »

Unit 25. Global Popular Culture

What are the sounds and sights of an emerging global culture? From World Cup soccer to Coca Cola, modern icons reflect the intertwined cultural, political, and commercial dimensions of globalization. This unit listens to and looks at the music and images of global production and consumption — from reggae to the Olympics. It is related to Unit 24 because it explores the cultural impact of globalization, and it also looks at the ways that cultural and economic forces of globalization are related. more »

Unit 26. World History and Identity

How have global forces redefined both individual and group identity in the modern world? This unit examines the transnational identity that emerged from the Chinese diaspora, and compares it to a newly re-defined national Chechen identity forged through war with Russia. It is related to Unit 24 because it examines the dramatic effects of globalization on cultural and social identities in various parts of the world. more »

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