Is the curtain coming down on the great western empire?
The rise of the great western empire probably started 2 Milena ago when the Romans invested their ways and culture into Europe creating the first modern super power.This began an unstoppable juggernaut for learning and investigation into science and industry. Not that other civilizations were not also growing but the Romans were organised and far ahead of the rest. The trade was based on military might and muscle and control of the trade routes this all came to an end when the Romans lost military control and the dark ages ensued.
The singlemost important event since the demise of the roman empire and stated a new era of trade and movement forward on a massive social scale was in1066 the invasion of England by the Normans and William the Conquer as he became to be known. The Normans where at the time the most powerful and well organised people in Europe and this military might again was the power house to trade, controlling many routes as the Romans before them. The invasion brought together people under the control of a single power rather than a scattered kingdoms withno central control. Many of the laws laid down by William and his descendants are still in use today and lead to the eventual birth of another super power.
About 500 years ago with the emergence of great super powers of the time France, Spain and Portugal another leap was taken with the exploration of the globe. This opened up to the masses 'trade' trade with places that would lead to a wealthy of Europe. This was expanded upon by Great Britain after triumph at the battle of Trafalgar. She became the super power which fueled the industrial revolution in northern Europe in the 18 and 19 centuries and again with its navel might controlling the trade routes.
The 20th century brought us a new military might, and the new super power 'the USA' and along with the expansion of American trade between the World Wars and after WW 2 in the far east and under the new umbrella of the USA, an economic revitalization took place with Japanese taking on and defeating many of our existing industry, every thing was made in Japan or Hong Kong. These places became westernised and Americanised only the language separating the needs and wants of the people. USA, Europe, japan can you tell the difference the whole world has been Americanised. The new control over the trade routes is the 'dollar'. But even this is now succumbing to a growing influence of India and China. Some of the poorest peoples on the planet live in these countries, dealing with the simple things like surviving! no complicated industries to burden them down, will these will be the peoples that survive when the oil runs out and we can no longer go on with this hedonistic life style we lead today in the west.
When you have strength you have power to take what you want and for many years the strength of the western world has allowed an imbalance of trade which kept other peoples and nations poor, possible on purpose. The flow of money has been 1 way into the coffers of western banks and companies but it does not take a very long look to see that is changing. In the 20th century USA had an enormous internal market that kept the energy in their expansion and growth, well take a look at India and China it may have not escaped you notice but there is a good few people living there, many being allowed now to see that you can have things that you have not had access to in the past. With the dollars, pounds and euros flowing into these countries who is getting rich and who is getting poorer, the beginnings of an imbalance of trade I think!
Now there have been some very powerful civerlizations in the past 4 millenia but those with powerful military and the ability to trade have made any real impact. The USSR was an example of a country and an ideology and social organization that did not work on the trading map of the globe. They had the power and military but the suppression of the people did not, as the same as in the USA allow the free 'market in' and become powerful by trade. With 2 different ideologies of China and India which one will come to replace the USA if at all and become the new super power.
If the curtain of the great western empire is drawing to a close what is to come next? With oil running out have China and India missed the boat? Will the new super power be the one with the biggest army or the one biggest trade surplus? Or will it be not countries at all, but the super large intercontinental companies and banks?
Thank you for reading my hub please feel free to leave your opinion as I would love to here how you think it will change, or at all.