Area Studies and Globalism: A Holistic View of Humanity

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Area studies are often defined as interdisciplinary fields of research and scholarship that combine a number of disciplines that focus on a particular cultural, national or geographical region. It is really an umbrella for studies that may take a wide path and include subjects like history, literature, geography, sociology, religion, anthropology, political science, economics and history. The idea is to look at a broader base of study and attempt to provide holism. Instead of studying a single country in the Balkans, we might form a curriculum about the Balkans as a region, which includes different cultural, historical and ethnic groups that do share commonalities, but also differences. The idea for this type of study became more popular after World War II - a time in which there was both a push to respond politically to perceived threats (e.g. the Cold War) and to understand the decolonization movements in Africa, Central and South America, and Asia (Szanton, ed., 2004). Certainly, after the fall of the Soviet Union and the opening of China, the world has seen some dramatic changes. Globalism gradually developed over the last few decades because of the increased number of regional trade agreements combined with Internet and phone communication improvements. Globalization has brought the world closer in communication, economics, politics, and especially business. The Internet and technological improvements have allowed instantaneous communication almost anywhere, and even
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