Chapter 1, “The False Dawn of Globalization,” attempts to shed light on the fact that globalization may be a new term, but it is not a new concept. There are different ways to understand globalization and what it is. As an ideology it began in the 1990s, but it is also a “category of historical and social processes.” The author does a good job with examples of colonial rule and various trade wars (China and England in the 19th century) that rebuke the idea that globalization equals peace. The idea that free markets (which are political) will promote peace is an idea long held by many who simply want to profit from the backs of others (my words not the authors). Overall, the chapter does quick work of the thinking that these are new world problems to be addressed.
Chapter 2, “Behind ‘Globalization’: nation-states, empires, and democracies at war, spends most of the chapter giving a brief history of war and how it helped form the nation-state as we see it today. A lot was discussed in regards to the West and its heavy-handed influence because of colonialization in the areas of war, technology, and the push for liberal democracies. I did learn about CoW (Correlates of War) out of the University of Michigan, which was very interesting to me and something I will need to look further into. The chapter also spent a lot of time on Clausewitz and Max Weber. An interesting point was made about war and the humanities in how there is not much correlation made between the areas of study. People look at one or the other and their effects on the other but not hand-in-hand.
Chapter 3, “Globalization and War: Britain, India, and the Indian Army,” looks at the interconnectedness of globalization and uses the relationship (and colonization) of India by Britain as its prime example. The beginning of the chapter states, “Globalization is about interconnection and mutual constitution between different locales and the peoples found there, the ‘making together’ of world politics. War involves interconnections between parties to conflict, interconnections that transform society and politics. To study globalization and war is to attend to interconnections in world politics occasioned by war.” These sentences pointedly summarize what the chapter is about and the example of the relationship between Britain and its colony, India, is well suited to understanding it.
Chapter 4, “War and Culture in Global Context,” is about the attempt at making meaning out of war and the cultures that spur it on and their relationship to one another. It is about how we, as humans, make meaning out of our lives. War is another form of interconnectedness that is created on a global scale. The author is also quick to point out that war is not caused by globalization nor are other violent conflicts – it is the way we connect (or use globalization) that causes conflicts and violence. Some great examples of this (Vietnam and Iraq) are used in the chapter as well as the differences between East and West and North and South. He also points out that (especially in regards to these conflicts) that globalization does not mean sameness, which is a hard thing for some to understand/handle.
Chapter 5, “Terror and the Politics of War,” focuses on terror as a type of warfare and its relationship to politics around the globe. “The experience of war can prompt an overcoming of the differences that divide humanity and lead to recognition of the enemy, the other, as a fellow human being…” Unfortunately, it also does the opposite as well. Just like with all words defining what one means is important. The author also points out in this chapter that humanity is used for political gains during campaigns against terror and more traditional warfare. The examples used are still current and relevant today – Iraq and the war on terror and unresolved issues between Islam and the west.
 Tarak Barkawi, Globalization and War (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), 1.
 Tarak Barkawi, Globalization and War (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), 59.
 Tarak Barkawi, Globalization and War (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), 127.