Competition and History
Competition has played a huge role in history. You can say that it derived from human instinct as we compete to survive. Competition, by itself, has given history its wars, invasions, falls, etc. In other words, competition is the catalyst of history. In my perspective, competition can be derived from wealth, religion, and innovations. These three words alone are the reasons many empires thrived in history. They may be simple, but sometimes simplicity can be the ultimate sophistication. Wealth, among many things, is a sign of leadership and power. Empires must show their wealth in order to compete amongst each other.
In document 3, it describes a palace of riches and beauty. Additionally, it also seemed to mention that the palace was “superior” to other designs on earth. Therefore, competition was also taking place in that time period. However, assuming Marco Polo wrote the words of the document, his point-of-view seemed to embellish the palace, making it seem majestic and among other things, wealthy. In document 4, it describes how the Mecca’s made use of perfume to show their cleanliness, and, of course, their wealth. The document also described a bazaar which had a variety of Jewels, silk, and other riding materials.
This evidence proves that wealth did, in fact, have an impact on competition. Another example of wealth, excluding the documents, can be the renaissance. The Renaissance period, amongst many periods, defined the competition of wealth. The increase in architecture, art, and literature proved that wealth was a very important factor in competition. Another important factor of competition is religion. Religion was a driving force in many events throughout world history. In document 1, it describes a battle in which the Byzantine Empire was being invaded by the Seller Turks. Take note that the
Byzantine were Christian and the Turks were Muslim. For the most part, the document can be summarized as a competition of religion. It was written in the point-of-view of a Byzantine emperor who asked for assistance to fight for their territory and Christian beliefs. From the tone of the document, it also seems that they were also losing the battle. In other words, it is a competition in which whoever wins the battle also wins the spread of their religion. Document 2 also explains the competition of religion. This time it is in the point-of-view of Guy Khan, a Great Khan for the Mongols.
The document can also be summarized as a competition between religions. Guy Khan used his religion to invade Christians such as Poles, Moravian, and Hungarian mentioned in the document. In fact, he used his religion as an excuse of conducting invasions, thus proving why religion is a factor of competition. The third and final theme of competition is innovation. Innovation can be applied to many things such as architecture, designs, sculptures, etc. Innovation comes from wealth which is another theme of competition. Documents 3 and 4 are both very good examples of why innovation is an important factor of competition in history.
In document 3, Marco Polo praises the beauty of the Palace of the Khan. He goes into very fine detail of the palace and explains the dimensions of it as well. From the document, you can take Into consideration Tanat architecture Ana played a nudge impact in that time period. In simpler terms, an emperor wanted a wealthier, more majestic-looking palace than any other emperor on earth. That is evidence on how innovation can be a competition. In document 4, it is plain to see that the whole writing itself is dedicated to the beauty of the people of Mecca as well as the Jewels at the Ghana Bazaar.
To summarize, empires considered innovation as a way to exhibit their power and wealth. More innovations meant that the empire was growing and expanding. Again, The Renaissance is another prime example of innovation as it was also a competition of innovation. To conclude, competition will always be a staple of world history. It can definitely be applied in many governments today as many democracies are established. Wealth, religion, and innovation are all leading reasons to many pivotal events in world history. As Hoover said “Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress. ”