Introduction-book - and position powers occupy in...

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Introduction Why do strengths of leading nations never stay constant? - Similar question posed as Diamond o Why Europe was dominant? o More used traditional answers (politics, economics, military) - uneven rate of growth in different societies o technological and organizational breakthroughs o in the 20 th century technological change and uneven growth made system even more unstable - once productivity increases easier to sustain payments of resources - focused on great powers o China, Ottoman Empire, Mongul, Mogul, Russia (Muscovy), Western Europe (France, Spain, England, Portugal, Dutch, Prussia, Germany, Habsburgs, Persian) What conclusions can be drawn by looking at history? - causal relationship between shifts over time in economic and production balances
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Unformatted text preview: and position powers occupy in international system o all relative -connection in the long run between economic rise/fall and growth/decline and place as a military power o not necessarily a parallel relationship o usually a “lag time” because priorities will change over time o not all countries benefit equally from change or the status-quo -strong relationship between outcome of “major coalition wars” and productive resourses o ie Spanish-Austrian Habsburgs; Seven Years War; Napoleonic War, World Wars -economics does NOT cause everything o other factors impact power of states: geography, military organization, national morale, alliance system, other factors o human beings crave security and safety...
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