Introduction: Globalization and history [Introductie: Globalisering en geschiedenis]

J. Schot, J.-P. Smits

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This introduction explores various aspects of globalization from a historical perspective. It puts the various reviews on trade, migration, infrastructure, Americanization and space published in this issue in the context of the globalization debate. Three central debates are introduced: on the definition of globalization, its periodization, and finally on its relation with the nation-state. It is argued that the globalization literature calls for a transnational turn in history. It provides historians with a new transnational research agenda whichfocuses on the study of cross-border flows, the people and organizations involved, new spaces constructed, and on the influence of these flows on national and local histories.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
JournalTijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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