Sunday, October 19, 2008
There are absolutely have been recurring patterns in the fall of world powers. The two that come specifically to mind are the fall of the Roman Empire and Soviet Union. Both powers enjoyed immense military power, but in the end they killed themselves instead of others invading them. The Soviet Union was in terrible shape economically and Rome's government was corrupt. In short, they imploded. 16th century Spain also suffered from these problems. As we have discussed there was no innovation in an economic sense with almost no industry. During the reign of Charles II, the government was in tough shape too. A superpower tends to die from the inside out instead of from outside influences.