Empires and Autonomy: Moments in the History of Globalization

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Stephen M. Streeter, John C. Weaver, William Donald Coleman
UBC Press, 2009 - History - 379 pages
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Globalization is one of the most significant developments of our time. But what distinguishes the present era from "golden" periods of empire building in past? Which elements of contemporary globalization and forms of autonomy are particularly novel and which are merely continuations of long-standing historical trends?To address these questions, Empires and Autonomy brings together a distinguished group of scholars who explore particular historical moments that involved either the establishment or protection of autonomy. These global encounters inevitably involved friction, and the contributors examine the dialectic between globalization and autonomy at moments that range in time from the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1720 to the meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986 that led to the end of the Cold War. By examining uniquely telling moments in the history of globalization and autonomy, this innovative collection provides novel insights into changes that are overtaking the contemporary world.

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About the author (2009)

Stephen M. Streeter is an associate professor inthe Department of History, McMaster University. John C.Weaver is Distinguished University Professor in the Departmentof History, McMaster University. William D. Coleman isCIGI Chair in Globalization and Public Policy at the Balsillie Schoolof International Affairs and professor in the Department of PoliticalScience at the University of Waterloo.

Contributors: Virginia H. Aksan, Timothy Brook,Ravi de Costa, Yassine Essid, Daniel Gorman, Ulf Hedetoft, Adrian L.Jones, Ronald W. Pruessen, Samir Saul, Jeremy Stolow, and NeilWhite

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