Monday, June 05, 2006

Genghis Khan is father of globalisation

According to researchers, Genghis Khan started globalisation when he build his Mongol Empire. The ruler played a major role in history by contributing to the integration of ethnicities, nationalities and civilizations in ancient times. From China Daily:
It was under Genghis Khan's empire that the Eurasian landmass began to demonstrate the characteristics of global exchanges, according to Hao Shiyuan, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

Thanks to the expansion of the empire, "economic and cultural exchanges became possible to the maximum extent and previously isolated civilizations became linked," said Hao, director of the academy's Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, at an international symposium on the founding of the Mongol Empire held by the CASS in Beijing yesterday.

"This is what globalization features: shrinking space, shrinking time, and disappearing borders," said Hao.

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