We began this semester with stories of travel, trade, exploration, and soul conversions that were limited by communication and travel technology. By the late twentieth century, isolated or bound communities of people were diminishing due to increased communications networks, yet people still feel a strong sense of cultural or national identity. The Chinese painter Wu Guanzhong, even after years of repression for his cosmopolitan style, combined elements from around the world in his work. “In my art,” We said, “I really belonged to a hybridized breed.” Many rightly protest that much of value can be lost at the hands of global forces or in authoritarian populism at work in the world today; others foresee some great irreconcilable clash among civilizations. The question is whether, given human interaction in a globalizing world, we are not all hybrids –that is, mixtures of one another’s thoughts, tradition, cultures, and livelihoods as we engage in making and remaking the world. For the final essay, address the prompt below: Evaluate the degree to which globalization after the end of the Cold War changed societies and compare that globalization with earlier forms of globalization we looked at in the beginning of the semester. Choose at least two regions to use as case studies to demonstrate differences and/or similarities before and after the Cold War. You will need to take a position and make an argument for why you believe globalization changed societies or not. You will then support your argument with ample evidence from a semester’s worth of content.Start with a thesis. To answer the question, begin with a clear, unique, concise and argumentative statement, expressing your essential point of view. Support your thesis with evidence. Use specific details, facts and data. Make sure you draw from the primary sources and scholarly essays you read over the course of the semester, and that you have taken into account their authors’ intent and potential biases. Follow essay guidelines in terms of content, length and formatting (see below). Requirements Essay must be typed (Times New Roman 12-point font) 800 (minimum) – 1250 (maximum) words, double spaced, standard 1” margins = approximately 3-5 pages. Must be a Word document. Use footnotes, endnotes to cite your sources. PLEASE USE THESE TWO SOURCES, Plus ONE MORE- Allosso, Dan, and Tom Williford. Modern World History. Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project. Accessed October 2021, https://mlpp.pressbooks.pub/modernworldhistory/. Eglitis, Daina Stukuls, William J. Chambliss, and Susan L. Wortmann. Discover Sociology (SAGE Publications, Inc., 2022.), Kindle.

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