ISBN 9788132105312,Business and Polity : Dynamics of a Changing Relationship

Business and Polity : Dynamics of a Changing Relationship


D N Ghosh


SAGE India



SAGE India

Publication Year 2011

ISBN 9788132105312

ISBN-10 8132105311

Hard Back

Number of Pages 424 Pages
Language (English)


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 behaviour 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. Table of Contents Foreword by 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: AD 1000??1500 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