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.
Chapter 1: Sagacity in Governance: The Greek Exemplar
Sagacity in Governance: The Greek Exemplar
The polity and economy of ancient Greece over the centuries throws up a fascinating interplay of relationships among the different interest groups in society. When the great administrative centres of the Mycenaean world began to collapse around 1200 bc, the repercussions were felt throughout the mainland and the Aegean Islands. Agamemnon's Mycenae, Menelaus' Sparta, Nestor's Pylos, Oedipus' Thebes, Theseus' Athens-all great centres of material prosperity for hundreds of years-went into a rapid decline1 and a Dark Age followed for several hundred years.
Greek society's evolution from the Archaic Period, covering roughly the 8th-6th centuries bc, to the Classical Period, the 5th-4th centuries bc, offers interesting insights into the process of economic change. For centuries, the ...