THE LEAD ECONOMY SEQUENCE IN WORLD POLITICS (FROM SUNG CHINA TO THE UNITED STATES): SELECTED COUNTERFACTUALS
Dec 9, 2015 | 10:12
How we make sense of world politics and episodes of accelerated globalization depends on our historical scripts. Validating one person's historical script versus someone else's is a highly problematic exercise. Counterfactuals, however, can be utilized to at least suggest or reinforce the asserted significance of different versions of political-economic history. A series of eight counterfactuals encompassing the past 1000 years are harnessed to buttress the utility of framing the development of the modern world economy around a chain of lead economies and system leaders extending back to Sung China and forward to the United States.