Small Nations

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Glubb discusses the rise of small nations:

The word ‘empires’ has been used in this essay to signify nations which achieve the status of great powers, or super-powers, in the jargon of today—nations which have dominated the international scene for two or three centuries. At any given time, however, there are also smaller states which are more or less self-contained. Do these live the same ‘lives’ as the great nations, and pass through the same phases?

It seems impossible to generalise on this issue. In general, decadence is the outcome of too long a period of wealth and power. If the small country has not shared in the wealth and power, it will not share in the decadence.


  1. Rollory says:

    France losing the imperial world contest with England might have been the best thing that ever happened to it. As it stands it’ll still be a close thing — all those nonwhites in Paris are there because they’re coming from former French colonies.

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