Path dependence, time lags and the birth of globalisation: A critique of O'Rourke and Williamson

@article{Flynn2004PathDT,
  title={Path dependence, time lags and the birth of globalisation: A critique of O'Rourke and Williamson},
  author={Dennis Owen Flynn and Arturo Gir{\'a}ld{\'e}z},
  journal={European Review of Economic History},
  year={2004},
  volume={8},
  pages={81-108}
}
In a recent issue of the European Review of Economic History (vol. 6, 2002, pp. 23–50), Kevin O'Rourke and Jeffrey Williamson dismiss claims by ‘World historians…[who] argue that globalisation is a phenomenon which stretches back several centuries, or even several millennia’ (p. 23). Rather, O'Rourke and Williamson insist that ‘[g]lobalisation did not begin 5,000 years ago, or even 500 years ago. It began in the early nineteenth century. In that sense, it is a very modern phenomenon… 
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