Business and Polity explores, through a variety of economic and political formations over the past two and a half millennia, right from the Greco-Roman civilization to present day globalization, the behavior of two power networks: those who control the levers of political power and those who engage themselves in wealth-generating activities. It traces the dynamics of interdependence between these two powerful networks and what happens when one or the other becomes more powerful.
The rational and logical approach taken by the author reveals the links that our modern state of affairs has with the experience of past civilizations—knowledge that can potentially enhance our ability to make informed decisions to shape the global future. Though the content is academic and interdisciplinary in scope and nature, its lucid presentation will appeal to a wide range of readers who are interested in geopolitical issues and economic, political and business history.
The Great Transition: Warfare Technology— The Catalytic
[Page 172]In the beginning of the 15th century, Europe was a region of fragmented sovereignty and porous borders. Muslim dominions had come up in most of the Roman Empire's former space. A loosely linked Byzantine Empire extended from eastern Italy to the Black Sea. To the north, an even more indefinite Russian state stretched to the Baltic. A Danish kingdom wielded power from the western Baltic to the British Isles. South of the Baltic lay a host of shifting Polish, Bohemian and Hungarian principalities. To the west was a Saxon Empire that claimed the heritage of Charlemagne, and still further, the Kingdom of France.
Within the ring formed by three sprawling ephemeral states, ...