Blog #3 the globalisation timeline Wendy

While building this timeline, I mainly focused on the scientific events and on the evolution of space collaborations and breakthroughs. We all agreed upon the following definition of globalization: “The fading of borders in multiple disciplines, in which people, companies and governments integrate and interact in terms of technology, society, culture, economics, communication and politics.”

Other topics that we looked at in our research were:

  • Culture
  • The VOC
  • International politics
  • wars and Napoleon
  • economics/industry

The decisions of which events were added to the timeline, were based upon whether the events made a lasting imprint on the modern world and whether they made it possible for new era’s to start.

For the normal technological events, I chose the ones which made travelling or communications easier. For the space events, I chose those that were milestones in the space race of the cold war or were an example of collaborations between a lot of countries.

With the American students being near the stronghold of politics in America, the political events are added from an American viewpoint mostly. Also, the cultural events are sometimes American (like the spread of McDonald’s around the globe). The wars present in our timeline are most times important to either Europe or America.


Peer review would open our eyes to other peoples views and is therefore very handy in understanding globalization because, like that, you get a view that is wider than the view of the persons in your group combined.

The questions we should be asking about globalization are in my opinion:

  • how can we make globalisation beneficial to everybody?
  • how should we prevent pandemics from happening in such a globalized world?
  •  how do we keep global organizations in check when they do not fall under one specific law system?
  • How do we preserve nature in countries where organizations can settle very cheaply?

2 Comments on “Blog #3 the globalisation timeline Wendy

  1. You ask some very important questions about globalization that point out the complexity of this process. I am curious about your conversations among team members — you refer to the Marymount students as American students, but one of your team members grew up outside the United States. How might you use your different experiences to strengthen your projects?

    • Every teammember can relay experiences from their home city/country on the subject of culture and other cultures influences. This can be used to alter our view on globalisation in different countries and thus contribute to the projects.

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