6. Silk Roads and Ocean Winds
The troublesome birth of globalism
Globalisation is historically inevitable. What we see today is not the only way it could have happened. Perhaps it took place this way because humanity rejected other options.
The potential, inclination or disposition to planetarise has been there for millennia. It is mainly a matter of how our haphazard, near-sighted way of reacting our way into the future interacts with our unconscious secret urges or potentials to grow, extend and interact.
Humanity customarily walks into the future facing backwards, yet this does not exclude the possibility that, deep down, it secretly knows or responds to something more than it sees. Several attempts at globalisation have happened in history, listed on the right.
We haven't got there yet. But we've come further than we think.
Attempts at globalisation
whether intended or not
- Alexander the Great, 334-323 BCE
- Rome, Han China & the Silk Roads, 100-200 CE
- The Muslim ascendancy, 630-720
- Crusaders and Emirs, 1100s
- The Mongols, 1200s
- Chinese world voyages, 1420s
- European explorers, colonialists and missionaries, 1500s-1700s
- Industrial trade empires, 1800s
- Superpower hegemony, 1900s
Supplement: More details of the above