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.
Resource Raising: Uniqueness of China
Imperial dynasts through history have been generally skilled in the use of war in state formation and maintenance. Empires were not created by the cultivation of virtue, any cultural orientation to political order or ideological pleas for ethnic unity; they were created by decades of war and political strife.1 Chinese history was, among other things, a long struggle to attain—and recurring to regain—political unity; the classic cycle as for a strong man to win control of all China by military means and to pass his leadership on to his eldest son. The vigour of the founding emperor and often the consolidating successes of his son, established a pattern of dynastic institutions that stabilised the nation and ...