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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.

Tolerant Ambience: India
Tolerant ambience: India

South Asia is topographically diverse, containing a range of economies which produce an astonishing variety of raw materials and manufactured items. During the 1st millennium bc, there was an increase in traffic and maritime trade across the Indian Ocean. Peninsular India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives were linked into an extensive coastal trading network that used ports along India's west coast from Gujarat to the Malabar Coast.

Early Trade Contacts

This trade led to a dramatic increase1 in the range of contacts among peoples across the ocean between the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia from at least the 7th century bc. In part, this was due to the establishment of new states and empires, underpinned by large-scale agricultural systems ...

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