Thesis Title

Globalization: From a Political, Economical and Cultural Perspective

Date of Graduation

Spring 2003

Degree

Master of Global Studies

Department

History

Committee Chair

Beat Kernen

Subject Categories

International and Area Studies

Abstract

Looking at the state and nature of international relations at the beginning of the 21st century, the world has evolved from a rather isolationist and independent territory dominated and defined by nation-states and national borders to an increasingly interdependent, global community that is based on cooperation and integration. Obviously, the world is moving closer together and the phenomenon of globalization can be observed in all spheres and aspects of human life following the great advancements in the means of transportation and communication. This study attempts to explore in depth the phenomenon of globalization as it is witnessed in today's world from a political, economical and cultural perspective. Politically, the main questions that are being addressed concern the future role of the nation-state and the changing nature of the international system in order to determine if the world is moving towards true globalization that is the likelihood of a global or world government. Economically, the creation of the global marketplace and promoting a western style free-market economy is discussed as well as the vital link between economics and politics and the associated problems between developed and under-developed countries. Finally, the cultural aspect of globalization dominated by the increasing westernization of the world poses the question if a true global culture and identity can become reality. The study presents the specific cases of the U.N. and the regional integration process of the European Union in trying to demonstrate the practical implications and a future outlook for the move from society today towards a global society tomorrow.

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© Robert Bohuslav

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