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:
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: