The reason for the great Britain being on the fore front was the fact that industrial revolution placed it on that position. This is can be empirically evident thatBritainper capita grew from 10, 16, 25, 64, 87 and 100 in 1750, 1800, 1830, 1860, 1880, and 1900 respectively. At this time France which was a relative competitor for this great power had its per capita from 9, 9, 12, 20, 28 and 39 in 1750, 1800, 1830, 1860,1880 and 1900 respectively.
Therefore gauging at these two difference in the production of the in terms of industrial per capita, it implies that the UK had an upper hand even in financing its major military operations than France therefore can maintain the slot of being major power on the globe.
Another indicator that is used to measure the rising and declining power under the economic and productive power; is the relative share of the worlds manufacturing outputs. In this respect, great power states manufacturing output can really determine the peaks and troughs of power. For exampleUK’s output is1.9 percent in 1750, then in 1860 it was at 19.9 percent, and 22.9 percent in the year 1880. While china’s starts at an index of 32.8% in 1750 and declines to19.7% in 1860, after the Taiping Rebellion and Opium Wars; then declines further to 12.5% in 1880.