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The rise and fall of an economic empire : with lessons for aspiring economies

Author: Colin Read
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
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While many authors have documented empires maintained through military strength, power derived solely from economic might is a more modern phenomenon. These different sources of power share one important characteristic, though. There is an inevitability to the decline of empires that rest on either foundation. There are also lessons to learn from every empire. Just as earlier empires based on military or colonial  Read more...
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History
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Read, Colin, 1959-
Rise and fall of an economic empire.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
(DLC) 2010027555
(OCoLC)613433631
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Read
ISBN: 9780230297074 0230297072
OCLC Number: 793105427
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 294 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction --
Part I: From 10,000 B.C. To 1776 --
The Discovery Of Economies Of Scale --
An Economic Prehistory to Economic Emperors --
Barter, Economic Emperors, and the Decentralized Marketplace --
Specialization and Surpluses --
The First Industrial Revolution --
Colonialism Puts Sugar in Our Tea --
Part II: A Second Industrial Revolution --
A Declaration of Economic Independence --
An Economic Bill of Rights --
Dominance Through Economics --
Private Solutions to Public Problems --
Part III: The New Mercantilists --
The Consumer as King --
A New Colonialism Dependency Economics --
Part IV: Aspiring Nations --
Transfer of Technology --
Economic Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery --
Heckscher, Ohlin, and Two Billion --
Hungry and Willing to Work for Change --
Part V: Growing Pains --
Complex Economic Systems --
Herding Cats and Chaos Theory --
Too Big to Fail --
Private Property Gives Way to the Public Good --
The Winner's Curse Part --
VI: A New Economic Order --
The Politics of a Consumption Economy --
Gradual economic Marginalization --
A New Economic Order --
Convergence --
Part VII: From Where Have We Come, And Where Will We Go? --
The Dance of Demographics --
Steady State and Sustainability --
Economic Darwinism and Dinosaurs --
Prescriptions for Relevance --
Conclusions.
Responsibility: Colin Read.

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We have seen many empires come and go. From the Roman Empire to the British Empire, we are now witnessing the decline of the US as a superpower. How do economic innovations foster global economic  Read more...

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