"Global Connections" introduces middle school readers to the issues that affect today's global society. Tying together geography, history, science, social studies, and economics, these engaging titles examine key topics and their importance to the United States and to the world. Each title provides a balanced view of how the policies and actions of a particular group or region affect others, including such complex topics as world hunger, human rights, and terrorism. These timely books will be valuable resources for those interested in learning about the issues in the news or assigned reports on current events. Full-color maps and illustrations, plus informative charts, tables, and graphs, enhance each title. Special interactive 'Making Connections' boxed insets encourage students to engage in critical thinking about these complex issues. Titles in this new series were developed with the national social studies curriculum standards in mind.
Today's modern age of globalization is creating commonalities throughout the people of the world: Chinese food is eaten in South America, Fanta is enjoyed in South Africa, and Australians can purchase Swedish furniture. Western influences, particularly from American culture, have seeped into other countries and changed local standards, tastes, and preferences. While some may believe this homogenization is a good thing, others are concerned that it will forever change the cultural contributions that special, individual communities can offer the world. One World or Many? uses historical and real-world examples to highlight the debate on the pros and cons of globalization.