• 5000 BCE

    The beginning of trade

    At the end of the Neolithic, man discovers agriculture and begins to exchange surplus crops.
  • 4000 BCE

    The Barter System

    The barter of goods was the way in which ancient civilizations began to trade.
  • 138 BCE

    The route of silk

    A trade route that stretched from Asia to the Mediterranean, traversing China, India, Persia, Arabia, Greece, and Italy.
  • Japan's closed door policy

    The closed door policy was only very selective trading to the Dutch and Chinese was allowed.
  • World War 1

    World War I put a halt on international trade growth. The war all across the world led to a decrease in globalization which lasted until after WWII.
  • The Great Depression

    During Europe's Great Depression more than one-third of trade stopped.