The ascent of globalisation

By Harry Blutstein

The ascent of globalisation


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9971-7
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £23.50
  • Published Date: December 2015
  • BIC Category: Politics, Globalization, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization, Economics, finance, business & management / Economics, Society & social sciences / Globalization


The ascent of globalisation tells the sweeping historical drama of the development of globalisation, from the Second World War to the present day.

The story is told through the richly detailed accounts of eighteen remarkable men and women, describing how these architects reshaped the modern world, for better or worse. Profiling their lives, ideas and struggles reveals fresh insights into the nature of globalisation.

The book also examines their legacies, shedding new light on many of the problems the world faces today: the global financial crisis, the political and economic malaise afflicting Europe, the numerous failures of the United Nations, the unchecked power of corporations and the inability of governments to cooperate on critical issues such as climate change.


'Blutstein's excellent book serves as a historical road map showing us with the utmost clarity how it is that the current global order came in to being.'
Dave Mercer, Geographical Research, September 2016


Part I: The liberal foundations of globalisation
1. A better tomorrow
2. Last best hope for peace
3. Dawn over Bretton Woods
4. The European experiment
Part II: Sovereignty of the marketplace
5. The war of ideas
6. New Globalists
7. Anatomy of an insurrection
8. Accelerated development
9. Free trade follies
10. The global Fifth Amendment
Part III: Human face of globalisation
11. When the saints come marching in
12. Assault on the Summit
13. Civilizing globalisation
14. Heath of nations


Harry Blutstein is Adjunct Professor in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University

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