The Role and Nature of Power

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Definition of Power The role and nature of power is often contested in its definition and can be seen as a broad and generic term. Building blocks of ‘Power’ include factors such as population, territory, wealth, political stability and competence, and military strength (armies and navies). , Military power will be used as the constituent of ‘power’ for this essay. There are two important categories of power within the International System. These are distinguished as Potential and Actual Power. Potential Power Based on population size and the level of wealth of a state. Population and wealth are the main components of military power. Actual Power This is based on the military forces that directly support a state. The Modern International System The Modern International System timeline is surrounded Conjecture and dispute. However for the purpose of this essay the systems timeline will be composed of three occurrences. These are: 16th Century The Global Economic System arose where the European International System expanded overseas. Expansion of Atlantic trade and Growth in economic riches going tonto Europe 17th Century Treaty of Westphalia after the 30 year war and the rise of severing modern states 19th Century Development of a Global Full International system (modern international system) through Imperialism and American decolonization. The full Modern international system involved military-political, economic and socio-cultural interaction. General great
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