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 2: Governance Culture: Roman Mirror
Governance Culture: Roman Mirror
The history of the Roman Republic and Empire, west and east, spans over 22 centuries, from 753 bc to ad 1453. A part of that immense period, from around 300 bc to the early 5th century bc, covers the rise and fall of the Western Roman Republic. Rome developed around 500 bc in Etruria as a small city-state and emerged as a Republic displacing the Etruscan Republic. It fought battles every year over the immediate area around the city and established its hegemony south of the Po Valley after her victory at the Battle of Sentinum in 295 bc. Having gained full control of southern Italy, she stepped out to involve herself with the outside world, ousting Carthage ...