“Globalisation really began about 60,000 years ago”

[Nayan Chanda] points out that globalisation is a new word to describe an old process. The word was introduced in the late 1970s and had gained widespread currency by 1999, the time of Mr Bové’s visit to McDonald’s. Many thought it described a wholly novel phenomenon. But globalisation really began about 60,000 years ago, when the first migrants walked out of Africa. Human history ever since has been a process of growing interconnectedness.

The early pioneers,” The Economist, July 26, 2007

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