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The First Globalization Debate: Crusoe vs. Gulliver
Journal Title: QA Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria 
Author/s: Craufurd D. Goodwin 
Year:  2011 Issue: Language: English 
Pages:  19 Pg. 107-125 FullText PDF:  290 KB
DOI:  10.3280/QU2011-003005
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Two of the earliest novels in English, Robinson Crusoe (1719) by Daniel Defoe and Gulliver’s Travels (1726) by Jonathan Swift, are widely perceived as an entertaining adventure story and a pioneering work of science fiction. Viewed by modern economists, however, they appear as expressions of opposing positions on the desirability of integration within a world economy. Crusoe demonstrated the gains from trade and colonization and the attendant social and political benefits. By contrast, Swift warned of complex entanglements that would arise from globalization, especially with foreign leaders who operated from theory and models rather than common sense.
Keywords: Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver’s Travels, Globalization debate, International trade, Colonies
Jel Code: B110, B310, F020

Craufurd D. Goodwin, in "QA Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria" 3/2011, pp. 107-125, DOI:10.3280/QU2011-003005

   

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