Thursday, August 31, 2006

this is an idea for an upcoming illustration piece.
markers and collage on 110 lb. manilla paper.

A superpower is a state with the first rank in the international system and the ability to influence events and project power on a worldwide scale; it is considered a higher level of power than a major power. It was a term first applied in 1943 to the Soviet Union, the United States and the British Empire. Following the Second World War, the British Empire was dismantled and the Soviet Union and the United States were regarded as the only two superpowers; engaged in a cold war.
Currently, the most common belief among mainstream journalists and in the world of academia holds that only the United States fulfills the criteria to be considered a superpower; sometimes, given the unipolar nature of the world, it is described as a hyperpower.
India and China appear to have the greatest potential amongst all the other nations of achieving superpower or near-superpower status within the 21st century and are often termed as emerging superpowers.
The European Union has economic power greater than the United States; as a result some consider that despite not being politically unified, it may be either an emerging or existing superpower, depending on one's viewpoint. Although, as mentioned above, mainstream journalists and most academia holds that only the United States fills this position as superpower (or hyperpower).
However, others doubt the existence of superpowers altogether, stating that today's complex global marketplace and the rising interdependency between the world's nations has made the concept of a superpower an idea of the past and that the world is now multipolar.

this last part was copied from Wikipedia


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