Globalization and the Cold War

Hyung‐Gu Lynn

in The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199236961
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Globalization and the Cold War


This chapter examines the role of the Cold War in the emergence of “globalization.” It argues that globalization did not succeed or supersede the Cold War but emerged from it through the rapid increase in the speed, scale, and scope of transnational linkages, fueled largely by developments in communications, transportation, and international agreements that occurred during the years 1945 to 1989. The chapter argues against the assertion that globalization is a profoundly new phenomenon and shows how Cold War innovations contributed to the three interlinked areas of globalization, which include communications, transportation, and international agreements.

Keywords: globalization; Cold War; transnational linkages; communications; transportation; international agreements

Article.  8678 words. 

Subjects: History ; Cold War

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribeRecommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »