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How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalization: Conversation with Nayan Chanda, Director of Publications, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; May 16, 2007, by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Nayan Chanda, who is Director of Publications at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, and he's also editor of Yale Global Online. He's a former editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review and the Asian Wall Street Journal Weekly. His new book is Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalization.

  1. A Millennium of Globalization ... globzlized features of Asian culture ... historical roots ... globalization actors ... enduring archetypes ... individuals riding the historical tide
  2. Globalization Personalized ... discovering one's own genetic history ... the same family ... ancestral motivations ... trade: human impulse to improve one's life ... preaching the faith: modern human rights workers ... adventurers and imperialists ... unstoppable force
  3. Telling the Stories of Globalization ... interplay of the four types ... the multiple role of Columbus ... Buddhist evangelist Xuanzang ... temporary blockages to globalization ... Indus and Mesopotamian trade ... bubonic plague ... rise of Muslim power ... our cultural DNA
  4. Modern Globalization ... the technological revolution ... visibility and public awareness of globalization ... economic imbalance ... the globalized electrician ... ambivalent relationships ... taxes and trade imbalances ... missionaries and nationalism ... the role of international/multinational institutions ... international time zone system ... epidemics and the WHO ... consequences of farming subsidies ... short-sighted politics ... globalizing our consciousness for the betterment of all ... Yale Global Online ... opening our minds

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