When did globalisation begin

  title={When did globalisation begin},
  author={K. O’Rourke and J. Williamson},
  journal={European Review of Economic History},
Some world historians attach globalisation ‘big bang’ significance to 1492 and 1498. Such scholars are on the side of Adam Smith who believed that these were the two most important events in recorded history. Other world historians insist that globalisation stretches back even earlier. There is a third view which argues that the world economy was fragmented and completely de-globalised before the early nineteenth century. None of these three competing views has distinguished explicitly… Expand