The World Powers: Was Portugal the First World Power?

  • George Modelski
  • William R. Thompson


Just as the last two chapters have painted the big picture of long cycles in their unfolding over the centuries, the present chapter singles out for special and detailed attention one single world power, namely Portugal, whose standing appears to be the least secure and the most questionable. To that end it asks the important question: which was the power that was prominent in the management of the global system at the very onset of that system? Was it Portugal as predicted by long cycle theory (Modelski, 1978)?


Indian Ocean Sixteenth Century Trade Route Country Data Global Operation 
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© George Modelski and William R. Thompson 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • George Modelski
    • 1
  • William R. Thompson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Claremont Graduate SchoolUSA

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