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Globalisation before Globalisation

Globalisation before Globalisation

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Globalisation before Globalisation

12 May 2010

Globalisation is often regarded as a recent phenomenon, but it can be traced back to Columbus’s discovery of the New World in 1492, according to the influential geographer Miles Ogborn, author of Global Lives. How do today’s global flows of commodities, capital, information and people compare with centuries of ships, slavery and empire? Early globalisation gave rise to maps, mathematics and memoirs – attempts to represent world movements, as can be seen in the disturbing Fools Cap Map dating from 1580, in the exhibition. Mike Heffernan of The University of Nottingham’s School of Geography will respond and lead the discussion.

The Space, 7pm - 8.30pm


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