What is it really that I look for when I study the contacts, connectivity and relations between city-estates and large confederate empires with large interconnected networks of exchanges of people, slaves, warriors and specialists, as commodities, and then luxury products and any other significantly useful and also desirable object. A large theory requires it seems large theories, and large players. However, if we are to try and provide, as part of the growing globalization and capitalism of the world, a story in which a person can locate herself/himself, then we provide them with a historical constellation for the impenetrable and confusing thing that is globalization. Thus, if our history is a global one, then it is also a common one where the effected changes that are to be thrust onto the minds of those who find themselves confused, and anxious about the state of the global dynamics that take place, then they must also be a conduit for reducing the wild acting out of violence within that ideological sphere – a further step into the global doctrine.
But then, should the world be at peace in a monologuous world, where different world views are in competition for the same principle, global presence. Which in fact, the Soviet Left, and the American right have successfully polarized in the world. The ‘3rd option’ is a combination of those constellations, and will be insular in origin. The world today, American-or-not, Russian and Chinese hegemonies. Indian politics and Brazilian affairs, that affect the world stage to some extent. It is large, confusing, nauseating by its immensity and hard to envisage to what extent the competing players are competing for the similar ideology, the similar ‘global doctrine’, and the only states and groups against it are those opposed to a sense of global world, or even worse, proposed a global world according to a different ideology, one not centered on global capital, but on religious dogma and institutions.
Who then do you prefer as your tyrant, the global capitalist or the zealot preacher? A conflict you will see in the Polish production Pharaoh (1966) where the priests, the generals are trying to influence the mind of the fictional Ramesis XIII.
In sum, the point of history for ideological purposes, but perhaps maybe for psychological too, is to know what is our situation in relation to this global phenomenon. As more and more people are being thrust into the urbanized global sphere of interaction, the risk for some is the loss of hegemony, and thus the desire to maintain regions as virtual deserts and without defenses or legal structure to regulate or distribute the wealth mined by capital investment, while at the same time, the real struggles of the nationalists, left or right, and the many dictatorships of the 20th century, and those of today, is both a gateway and as the ideology would have it so, that they are doomed to fail. Che Guevara, the hero for a generation for his stance and defiance to the biggest Empire the world has seen (glossing over conveniently the violence and brutishness of everyone involved) becomes a folk hero, among those who are educated it seems enough to know the significance and actions of a man and his allies from nearly half a century ago. Over thirty years prior to my own existence came to be, and about half a century before the name meant anything to me.
Thus, to jump across many steps and land into the conclusion. The Bronze and Iron Age global network history is about giving people the sense that this global interconnectedness is not unusual. This is not even for those who are familiar with this interconnected world, but rather for those to whom the Net, is a mystery.