Some believe that globalization began in relatively recent times when the word “globalization” came into play. Yet we know very well that a word does not a thing make. What the thing might be is not necessarily what those living with it think it is. One of the better ways around a problem like this is to ask when the thing began. e backwards glance allows one to trace the sometimes-slow emergence of a grand historical change. us, in asking what globalization is, it makes good sense to ask-with a healthy dose of skepticism-when it began. Were there not global realities before the telephone, the radio, the television, the Internet, and jet travel? ere were, of course.