Westernization Is The Result Of The Contact Between Western And Non Western Cultures

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Westernization is the result of the contact between western and non-western cultures. Beginning in the fifteenth century and playing out until the nineteenth century, colonialism and neo-imperialism by means of the Euro-Atlantic economy’s authority, played a major part in the spread of western culture. For example, even after decolonizing and becoming their own countries with their own governance, many former-colonies adopted aspects of western politics, even if they firmly opposed other aspects of western culture. Twentieth-century and twenty-first-century globalization took various forms. In the 1950s, there was accelerated postwar globalization through American and European multinational corporations, like McDonald 's and “mcdonaldization” throughout the world. Then, beginning in 1970, the rise of industrializing economies meant the international division of labor, with low-wage and high-wage zones, and in the 1980s, the United States took on an important role in neoliberal globalization through the Washington Consensus, a reform package designed by Washington D.C. comprised of a set of specific economic policy prescriptions for critically economically unstable developing countries, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank. In 2000, globalization was heightened through the emergence of the economies of countries including India, China, Brazil, and Russia (the BRICs). In recent decades, as opposed to during colonial and recent post-colonial times,…
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