Global History, Maritime History, and the History of Empire

The contemporary drive toward globalization is taken as the current stage in long term, ongoing interaction between different parts of the earth maritime.jpg- the exchange of goods, people, foods and cultures, carried out in most cases across the oceans of the world. The political dimension of those international contacts holds a central place in research through the examination of the specific empires, both maritime and land-based, that have waxed and waned in the last 1500 years. Approaches are both comparative, examining different states and cultures in light of others, and chronological, examining how those states and cultures changed because of exchange of ideas and commodities with counterparts around the world.