Pienso y Existo

noviembre 24, 2012

The Industrial Revolution and its role in the development of Global Commerce

Filed under: Pensamientos — Wilmar Perez @ 11:07 am
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It is nowadays just normal to shop fruits from South America, sweets from Europe and tea from china at the local supermarket in a Thursday’s evening rush. It is taken for granted, especially in rich societies, that those goods are always available. People even get picky about them and browse around for different qualities, a wider choice of origins or, simply, price. However, the easy access to world goods and merchandise was not always the case. One might believe that distances and transportation were the main factors in the previous unavailability of large supplies of foreign products; and indeed it played an important role, however world wide availability of merchandise was triggered by several key factors that together created the “ecosystem” of global trade in use today.

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noviembre 4, 2012

The Enlightenment and the boundaries of vision

Filed under: Pensamientos — Wilmar Perez @ 11:06 pm
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The Enlightenment was a cultural movement that first appeared in Europe in the XVIII century as a consequence of several factors but mainly because of the eagerness of the European literate middle class to reason for themselves  (Wikipedia, 2012). After a century of crisis people started to look for alternative ways of thinking and alternative ways of development that, also, encompassed the expansion of literacy and the decline of religious prosecution (Tignor, et al., 2011, p. 542). The raising of the Enlightenment was, in part, possible because of the possibility given by the new tea and coffee houses as places to gather and discuss about the problems of the time (Tignor, et al., 2011, p. 542). It can be said that this cultural flowering was truly a product of its time.

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