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  • n. a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world


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  • A consul in the East as envoyé of a Great Power is a big man, and he ranks almost as high as a Minister would in Europe.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • To call the Great Power "Baali" is to live in one world, and to call it

    The Hidden Power And Other Papers upon Mental Science

  • They were venerating a figure of Christ known as El Gran Poder, the Great Power, which is taken out of its church once a year to head the procession, as it winds its way down through the heart of the city.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • a Great Power is a big man, and he ranks almost as high as a Minister would in Europe.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton Volume II

  • The 'Great Power' doesn't want to have more than any one else -- where we have all done an equal amount of work. "

    Pelle the Conqueror — Volume 02

  • In the twentieth century nuclear weapons were Great Power weapons.

    How the End Begins

  • The same cable traffic indicates that, in a cynical Great Power calculation, Washington continues to sacrifice the prospects of the region’s youth on the altar of “security.” It is now forgotten that America’s biggest foreign policy headache, the Islamic Republic of Iran, arose in response to American backing for Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the despised Shah who destroyed the Iranian left and centrist political parties, paving the way for the ayatollahs’ takeover in 1979.

    Juan Cole: The Corruption Game: What the Tunisian Revolution and WikiLeaks Tell Us about American Support for Corrupt Dictatorships in the Muslim World

  • In the new nations in Europe, ethnic minorities protested vehemently when they found their dreams of self-determination dashed on the rocks of Great Power politics.

    Between War and Peace

  • Ironically, despite his determination to keep all his options open, McKinley would soon conclude that he had none: he could not return the Philippines to Spain; he could not turn them over to some other Great Power; and he could not leave them to the Filipinos and invite civil war and foreign intervention.

    Between War and Peace

  • U.S. officials believed the Soviets would be content with the Great Power status accorded them in the Moscow agreements, but the Kremlin saw no contradiction between détente and support for revolutionary groups abroad.

    Between War and Peace


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