Which Nation Has the Best 'Technik'?

Harvard Business Review

Paul Kennedy's seminal Rise and Fall of the Great Powers captures the way technological and economic advances have converted into strategic advantage, and how failure to "lock in" that edge accelerates imperial decline. But America's edge is eroding fast as it struggles to keep first-mover advantage over its innovations. Five thousand years ago, use of the wheel began to spread from Mesopotamia across Eurasia, revolutionizing transport and enabling chariot warfare.