Dennis O. Flynn

Dennis O. Flynn is the Alexander R. Heron Professor of Economics at the University of the Pacific. He has published since 1978 dozens of essays on global monetary history, fifteen of which have been reproduced in World Silver and Monetary History in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (Variorum, 1996). He has co-edited Metals and Monies in an Emerging Global Economy (Variorum 1997), Studies in the Economic History of the Pacific Rim (Routledge, 1998), Pacific Centuries: Pacific and Pacific Rim History Since the 16th Century (Routledge, 1999), European Entry into the Pacific: Spain and the Acapulco-Manila Galleons (Variorum, 2001), Studies in Pacific History: Economics, Politics, and Migration (Ashgate, 2002), and Studies in Global Monetary History, 1470–1800 (Ashgate, 2002). He is co-General Editor of a 19-volume series, The Pacific World: Lands, Peoples, and History of the Pacific, 1500–1900 (Variorum/Ashgate, 2001–2004). His collaborative research with Arturo Giráldez has been featured in the New York Times (2 December 2000) and The Economist (25 August 2001).

Papers Published in World Economics:

Cycles of Silver

Absent a workable definition of the term ‘globalization’, debates today lack intellectual rigor. Most consider globalization a 20th-century (even post-1945) phenomenon. In fact, globalization was born when Manila was founded as a Spanish entrepôt in 1571. Connections across the Pacific Ocean (one third of Earth’s surface area) finally linked Asia with the Americas (about another third of the globe); American linkages with the Afro-Eurasian ‘Old World’ (approximately one third of Earth’s surface) had previously existed since 1492. Immense demand for silver in China, the world’s dominant economy, induced global connections. Europeans were middlemen. Multi-century commercial, epidemiological, ecological, and demographic interactions were unleashed at a planetary level. These historical forces heavily influence global relations today.

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