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.

Not in a Fit of Absentmindedness: Britain's Forays1

Not in a Fit of Absentmindedness: Britain's Forays1

Not in a fit of absentmindedness: Britain's forays

Spain was a stimulus and exemplar for the English foray into the Atlantic. England had precedents for empire building in her backyard; for several decades, she had pursued a policy of aggressive expansion with her Welsh, Scottish and Irish neighbours. In medieval England, privateering was a favourite pastime and the English kings had turned a blind eye to the piracy originating from the Cinque Ports (the five ports of Hastings, Hythe, Dover, Sandwich and New Romney) probably because their piratical activities honed the skills of sailors needed by the king during wars. As the Cinque Ports' depredations increased, an antipiracy statute was passed but failed to suppress piracy. In 1544, ...

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