The issue of globalisation of the world economy has taken centre-stage in discussions relating to the process of economic development and the distribution of income between the developed and developing countries. Although these are many current concerns, globalisation as such has occurred at different points in recorded human history of the past several thousand years. The Roman Empire, for instance, is quoted as one of the earlier examples of globalisation. More recently, the period leading up to World War I saw an increasingly integrated world economy under British Imperial rule. The most recent attempt at globalisation started in the late 1970s and continues to the present day.