The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions

Category: Book
By (author): Sachs, Jeffrey D.
Subject:  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
  HISTORY / World
  NON-FICTION / General
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Published: June 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 9.10in x 6.20in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*Today's most urgent problems are fundamentally global. They require nothing less than concerted, planetwide action if we are to secure a long-term future. But humanity's story has always been on a global scale. In this book, Jeffrey D. Sachs, renowned economist and expert on sustainable development, turns to world history to shed light on how we can meet the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.<br><br>Sachs takes readers through a series of seven distinct waves of technological and institutional change, starting with the original settling of the planet by early modern humans through long-distance migration and ending with reflections on today's globalization. Along the way, he considers how the interplay of geography, technology, and institutions influenced the Neolithic revolution; the role of the horse in the emergence of empires; the spread of large land-based empires in the classical age; the rise of global empires after the opening of sea routes from Europe to Asia and the Americas; and the industrial age. The dynamics of these past waves, Sachs demonstrates, offer fresh perspective on the ongoing processes taking place in our own time-a globalization based on digital technologies. Sachs emphasizes the need for new methods of international governance and cooperation to prevent conflicts and to achieve economic, social, and environmental objectives aligned with sustainable development. The Ages of Globalization is a vital book for all readers aiming to make sense of our rapidly changing world.
From The Publisher*Jeffrey D. Sachs turns to world history to shed light on how we can meet the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century. He takes readers through a series of seven distinct waves of technological and institutional change, starting with early modern humans and ending with reflections on today's globalization.
Table Of Contents1. Seven Ages of Globalization<br>2. The Paleolithic Age (70,000–10,000 BCE)<br>3. The Neolithic Age (10,000–3000 BCE)<br>4. The Equestrian Age (3000–1000 BCE)<br>5. The Classical Age (1000 BCE-1500 CE)<br>6. The Ocean Age (1500–1800)<br>7. The Industrial Age (1800–2000)<br>8. The Digital Age (Twenty-First Century)<br>9. Guiding Globalization in the Twenty-First Century<br>Acknowledgments<br>Data Appendix<br>Notes<br>Further Readings<br>Bibliography<br>Index
Review Quote*Few scholars have the breadth of knowledge with which to cogently weave insights from such wide-ranging fields such as agronomy, economics, archaeology, anthropology, and engineering to recount the layered story of how globalization and development unfolded. As always, Sachs is a treat to read.
Review Quote*The Ages of Globalization provides an unparalleled explanation of human development. This lucidly written book is a must read for anyone interested in how humanity has evolved and the root causes of the challenges we face today. Jeff Sachs's magisterial and engaging book provides profound perspectives on human history, offering urgently needed insights to make sense of the present and offer an essential guide to our future.
Review Quote*This dazzling book makes an invaluable contribution to the debate about the future of globalization by brilliantly summarizing humanity's existential challenges and providing bold ideas for ensuring our survival. Sachs makes a persuasive argument that applying the concept of sustainable development must be today's essential mission. His thoughtful proposals for reforming key international institutions, starting with the UN, merit particular attention. The Ages of Globalization is required reading for our times.
Review Quote*Sachs has produced a brilliant, yet remarkably short, book on the biggest challenges now confronting humanity. He provides a compelling account of how geography, technology, and institutions have combined to shape globalization over 70,000 years, in seven distinct ages. Then he explains what humanity now has to do if it is to escape the environmental, social, and geopolitical calamities that its own staggering successes have brought so close. This book is essential reading.
Review Quote*Sachs has produced a masterpiece-its scope is breathtaking, its insights stimulating, and its conceptual innovation pathbreaking. For those seeking a story about where humanity has come from and is going to, his book is a story with many lessons and hopes for the future. At once clear-headed and opinionated, he provides a roadmap for what we could and should do for our grandchildren. A wonderful book.
Review Quote*An authoritative account of our "shared," increasingly interdependent human journey.
Review Quote*Economics is rediscovering historical perspectives, and thus its own roots. The result, in Jeffrey Sachs's masterful hands, is eye-opening and refreshing. The Ages of Globalization is a tour de force through many millennia of human history, discerning patterns that help us understand in new ways our contemporary dilemmas. While the story he tells provides many reasons to be pessimistic about our future, Sachs also restores a sense of possibility with his steadfast refusal to think in ahistorical categories and his urgent plea to embrace the possibilities of the human condition. An important and empowering book.