By D N Ghosh
Enterprise and Polity explores, via numerous monetary and political formations over the last and a part millennia, correct from the Greco-Roman civilization to offer day globalization, the habit of 2 strength networks: those that keep an eye on the levers of political energy and people who interact themselves in wealth-generating actions. It strains the dynamics of interdependence among those strong networks and what occurs whilst one or the opposite turns into extra strong. The rational and logical technique taken via the writer finds the hyperlinks that our glossy situation has with the adventure of earlier civilizations wisdom which could possibly increase our skill to make educated judgements to form the worldwide destiny. although the content material is educational and interdisciplinary in scope and nature, its lucid presentation will attract a variety of readers who're attracted to geopolitical matters and monetary, political and enterprise historical past.
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