List of modern great powers  

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A great power is a nation or state that, through its great economic, political and military strength, is able to exert power and influence over not only its own region of the world, but beyond to others.

In a modern context, recognized great powers came about first in Europe during the post-Napoleonic era. The formalization of the division between small powers and great powers came about with the signing of the Treaty of Chaumont in 1814.

The historical terms "Great Nation", a distinguished aggregate of people inhabiting a particular country or territory, and "Great Empire", a considerable group of states or countries under a single supreme authority, are colloquial; their use is seen in ordinary historical conversations (historical jargon).

1 Early modern powers

1.1 France 1.2 Independent Italian states (Florence, Rome, Venice, Genoa) 1.3 Qing Empire 1.4 Safavid Empire 1.5 Dutch Republic 1.6 Early British Empire 1.7 Mughal Empire 1.8 Ottoman Empire 1.9 Poland 1.9.1 Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569–1795) 1.10 Portugal 1.11 Prussia 1.12 Early Spanish Empire 1.13 Sweden 1.14 Tsardom of Russia and after

2 High modern historical powers

2.1 Persian Qajar Empire 2.2 Netherlands 2.3 France 2.4 Late British Empire 2.5 Late Spanish Empire 2.6 Austrian Empire (Austria-Hungary) 2.7 Prussia and Germany 2.8 Late Ottoman Empire 2.9 Russian Empire and Soviet Union 2.10 Italian Empire 2.11 Empire of Japan 2.12 United States

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