Friday, September 14, 2007
What Makes A Power Great?
More to come.
Use her as your yard-stick.
At any given moment, Russia has not been the most comprehensively modern economy in relative terms, but in absolute terms I don't think it has ever been insignificant. Before the industrial revolution, Russia was the largest pre-modern European agrarian state. From the 1890s to 1914 it had the fastest-growing industrial economy, and from the 1930s until the 1960s Russia was a major industrial state. Today it is a leading energy exporter.
I agree that great power requires more than just economic power. The question is whether political institutions or inclinations that worked in the past will continue to work in the future. Every great power may find itself challenged on this point in different ways.