Globalisation: The Early Pioneers

Jul 26th 2007
From The Economist print edition

Marco Polo, shown here arriving from India at Hormuz on the Persian Gulf, was a forerunner to today’s global traders.

Mr Chanda organises his argument around what he takes to be the four groups that have done most to bring about this interconnectedness: traders, preachers, adventurers and warriors. Though the motives of these groups—to profit, convert, learn or conquer—have usually been selfish, the overall effect of their actions has been to draw us all closer together.

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