The most powerful economic empires of all time

Over the course of human history, certain civilizations developed huge advantages against their rivals. In chronological order, here are the five most dominant economic empires the world has seen so far.

1. The Roman Empire, circa 100 AD: 25 to 30% of global output
2. The Song Dynasty in China, circa 1200 AD: 25% to 30% of global output
3. Mughal Empire in India, circa 1700 AD: 25% of global output
4. The British Empire, circa 1870: 21% of global output
5. The United States of America, circa 1950: 50% of global output

The most powerful economic empires of all time

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