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Business and Polity
Dynamics of a Changing Relationship

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© 2011 | 468 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

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.

 
Foreword Y VENUGOPAL REDDY
 
Preface
 
Prologue
 
Introduction
 
I : THE MAKING AND UNMAKING OF EMPIRES: DOMINATION OF POLITICAL POWER
Sagacity in Governance: The Greek Exemplar  
Governance Culture: Roman Mirror  
Tolerant Ambience: India  
Resource Raising: Uniqueness of China  
An intimidating Colossus: The Arab Miracle  
 
II : THE MEDIEVAL WORLD: 1000-1500 AD
Trade and Politics in the Indian Ocean  
Business on Leash: Japan  
Emerging out of the Shadows: Europe  
In the Limelight: Knights of Commerce  
Playing with Power: Merchant Republics  
 
III : THE GREAT TRANSITION: WARFARE TECHNOLOGY: THE CATALYTIC
Sword and Purse: Beginnings of Collaboration  
Fiscal Revolution: Grip of Financiers  
Economic nationalism: Fusion of the Sword and Purse  
 
IV : A BOILING CAULDRON
Setting the Tone : The Portuguese  
Weaving a Pattern: The Spanish Imperial Machine  
Showing the Way: The Dutch Interlude  
Not in a Fit of absentmindedness: Britain's Forays  
 
V: TOWARDS GLOBAL HEGEMONY
Chinks in the Armour: Empires in the Eurasian Landmass  
Pax Britannica: Rise and Fall of British Hegemony  
Pillars of US Hegemony  
 
Epilogue
 
Glossary
 
Reference List and Select Bibliography
 
Index

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