Globalization is the key political and academic debate of our times. Globalization is a clear, comprehensive, critical reader which offers a unique compilation of the major statements ' drawn from a variety of historical periods, political contexts, intellectual perspectives and academic disciplines ' on the globalization debate. Charles Lemert and Anthony Elliott expertly guide the reader through the complex terrain of globalization ' its engaging histories, transnational economies, multiple cultures and cosmopolitan politics.Encompassing the full range of salient human history, this book's remit spans the Babylonian and Persian empires in Mesopotamia, through ancient Greece and imperial Rome to the long sixteenth century of European world exploration and colonization, through to the present day. Represented in the contemporary debates on globalization are leading figures such as: Samuel Huntington, Francis Fukayama, Anthony Giddens, Noam Chomsky, Joseph Nye, Osama bin Laden, Arjun Appadurai, Zygmunt Bauman, Timothy Garton-Ash, Saskia Sassen, Naomi Klein, Kwame Anthony Appiah, James N. Rosenau, David Held and Amartya Sen.Globalization is an interdisciplinary reader which bringing together the key statements ' drawn from a variety of historical periods, political contexts, intellectual perspectives and academic disciplines ' on the interrelated theories and critiques of global society, globalizing political economies and the globalization of culture. It poses the core theoretical, sociological, cultural and political issues raised by the leading proponents and critics of globalization, and connects key academic treatments of the topic with more journalistic and popular accounts.No other book manages to bring together the debates - historical and contemporary, academic and public - as does Globalization . It is essential reading for students of sociology, political science, international relations, public policy and cultural studies ' as well as for more general readers interested in public affairs and the global shape of contemporary social problems.Elliott, Anthony is the author of 'Globalization: A Reader', published 2010 under ISBN 9780415464789 and ISBN 0415464781.