I’m no expert in world affairs at all, and I know little of what I’m about to spew. Nonetheless, here I believe some of the things I’m about to expand in this blog post. There were so many factors that had Europe gave way to the rise of the United States. For an example, Europe was so divided in World War I and World War II, thus Europe was self-destructive in economics and military. United States was an ocean away from the self-destructive Europe and entered World War II only after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Perhaps, Europe was so self-destructive in which leaving United States and few other countries as the last countries standing? After World War II, the world began to see clearly the forming of the two new superpowers, and these were United States and the Soviet Union. Eventually, we all knew that the Soviet Union collapsed, leaving the United States as a sole superpower until the rise of China as now.
Regardless of how one believes some of the things that had given and may give rise to a nation, state, country, empire, and civilization, but I do think a rising tide cannot rise from nothing. This means for a country to rise up, the country needs able human resources to find fuels, produce foods, create industries, invent ideas and technology, educate youths with necessary skills and valuable lessons of life in general, and so much more. With a strong foundation to back a country, this may be just enough to give a country a chance to rise above all others. Besides a strong foundation, a country needs to feel its purpose such as how to identify itself to the rest of the world for a specific purpose or purposes. This means such a country needs a leader and able brains around such a leader and sub-leaders to push the rise of a country into a reality. A tide cannot rise from nothing! A rising empire has to be built on a strong foundation, and so a tide too must have been rising from something!
Remembering Roman Empire? Roman Empire started out from an unknown small civilization. This must have been the case, because many things were usually started out small and then grew larger. Of course there was, is, and will always be an exception to the rule, nonetheless all babies must start from being small and then growing into adulthood. This means Roman Empire was not an empire from the beginning. Most likely, Roman Empire was begun with a strong foundation of a small state, and such a strong foundation had given rise to a strong Roman civilization. With a stable and strong civilization, the Roman Empire was then sprouting forth.
History had shown us that the Roman Empire success was not the exception, because throughout history ancient people had built many rising empires just so they could see them empires tumbled and crashed into nothingness. Some few lucky ancient empires were able to extend past influence into modern days through few elements and customs, but most ancient empires are no long exist. Thus we all should know that empire is to be built and is to be destroyed eventually. Nonetheless, no empire could rise from nothing. Then again, ironically speaking, ancient empires had been risen from having nothing in the beginning, but I bet these ancient empires did start out with fiery will in civilization building.
I believe before an empire could be built, a civilization needs these elements in strong foundation building. I expand as you continue to read on…
Building a strong foundation for an empire, a civilization needs to have a sizable population that live in a favorable geography, thus landmass size is also important but not the exception. Nothing is exceptional, but many non-exceptional elements take into the account, together these elements can contribute in creating an exceptional event or phenomenon. In our case, a rising empire may not need huge landmass size, because her people may be able to conquer the world through technology and whatnot. Nonetheless, if another civilization which has greater landmass size and more resources to consume, this strange civilization may also be able to educate a population to be innovative enough to come up with the same technology or even better technology, and so landmass size and population factors do come into play as important elements that contribute to empire building, eventually. The non-exceptional elements may be exceptional after all!
Besides a united sizable population and landmass size as the necessary elements but not the exceptions to have building a strong foundation for empire building, the innovation in reinventing and reforming a state/civilization is also very important to the building of a rising empire. Without fear in absorbing knowledge and apply useful knowledge such as new important and useful technology, a civilization can catapult herself into a grander stratosphere. We all know that good technology does provide opportunities for improving lives and whatnot. In war, good technology provides means to victories in battlefields. In economy, good technology provides means to efficiency, productivity and whatever else. So on and so on… Thus, I think as long a civilization can see her own mistakes and abandon such mistakes to accept the changes, this in itself is almost like creating a new technology, providing a chance for a civilization to revitalize. Without failing in finding ways to reinvent and revitalize a civilization image to fit with time, such a civilization may have a chance in striving for empire building.
We don’t live in a perfect world, thus building an empire is not going to be all about having all the positives and none of the negatives. This means as long a civilization is able to sustain the negatives and yet being stable still to take the advantages of the positives, eventually such a civilization may be able to build an empire. I guess such a civilization needs to be more practical and less idealistic. Once having an empire, such a civilization can then enjoy to be more idealistic in whatever. Of course, having of too much of something may turn out to be just having too much of something to handle. Being too ideal won’t lead to good ending in my opinion. An empire can crash and tumble for being too idealistic in my opinion.
Although we all like to think that the impossible will stay impossible, thus Africa may never become her own empire in the future, but I beg to differ. China was one of those poorest nations on planet earth in her humiliated time, and yet she is now a rising dragon and had lifted hundred of millions of her own people out of poverty. United States was a colony and now is still one of the strongest nations on planet earth. With the examples of China and United States, who say Africa will be forever poor and backward? Just like anywhere else, Africa needs a spark of fire to begin to build the bricks of her strong foundation. So, I believe nothing is exceptional, and yet the non-exceptional elements in combination can become rather exceptional! Building an empire is not exclusive to one group of people or geography, albeit population and geography are the two necessary elements in building empire.
I had emphasized in — population, landmass size, technology, innovation, reform, absorbing necessary knowledge, letting go mistakes to accept changes, and balancing act of juggling between the practicality and ideal — as the necessary elements in building empire. I also emphasized that these elements are not exceptional, but in combination these elements can generate exceptional phenomenon such as building an empire. Of course, I had said that I’m not an expert in this field, whatever this field is, but I believe the things I mentioned could be just the things a civilization needs in building an empire.
Why building an empire? In my opinion, an empire isn’t necessarily evil. I don’t think greatness can come from a forever nothing, but greatness can be built from nothing! Thus to build an empire is to build something great from having nothing, and how evil or holy an empire becomes is another story entirely. Perhaps, the Roman Empire had left something great for the modern world to latch onto? Perhaps, the Chinese ancient dynastic empires had left something great for modern world to latch onto? Perhaps, the Egyptian Empire had found a place in our modern imagination? Of course, all empires were, are, and will be built to last, but the truth is none shall last forever. Regardless the lasting forever part, whatever left of awesome ancient empires might still be something of use for modern societies. For an example, Chinese ancient dynastic empires’ technologies helped modern societies to innovate and build modern technology and societies (e.g., gun powder, compass, paper, printing press, etc…). We could say the same thing about ancient Greece, India, and so on.