en used to go conquer things, but then, since a large military is expensive to maintain, it becomes a drag on the economy of the great power, which leads to the power’s decline, allowing some other power to engage in this process, displacing the first great po
t that all three empires were highly centralized, a condition that tends to produce complacency and stifle innovation-via-competition.
y dynamic-at-first but then cursed-by-centralization empire.
hould’ve modernized their fleet too
as mired in poverty compared to
egan to lag behind, badly, when it came to military technology
military and financial t
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