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Globalization and the Race for Resources

Globalization and the Race for Resources explores how five nations—Portugal, the Netherlands, Britain, the United States, and Japan—achieved trade dominance by devising technologies, social and financial institutions, and markets to enhance their access to raw materials.

Through ecological and economic explanation of resource extraction and production, Stephen G. Bunker and Paul S. Ciccantell reveal globalization as the result of the progressive extension of systematically integrated material processes across cumulatively greater space. Drawing from extensive historical research into how economic and environmental dynamics interacted in the extraction of different materials in the Amazon, especially in the development of the iron mine of Carajas, the authors also illustrate the profound connection between global dominance and control of natural resources.

About the Authors

Stephen G. Bunker (1944–2005) was a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Paul S. Ciccantell is an associate professor of sociology at Western Michigan University.

Reviews

"There is much to merit to the authors' contribution."

- Pierre Desrochers - Historical Geography

Endorsements

"Examines the ways that location and physical characteristics of natural resources affect trade dominance, economic development and underdevelopment, and the historical formation of the capitalist world economy. A theoretically innovative and historically grounded work that will be a standard point of reference for years to come."

- Dale Tomich, State University of New York, Binghamton
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