The great powers

in modern diplomacy, Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Russia, and Italy.

See also: Great

References in classic literature ?
But that simplicity of hers, holding up an ideal for others in her believing conception of them, was one of the great powers of her womanhood.
And yet there is nothing strained, no peering through telescopes to find new worlds or magnify the old; the eyes need only be lifted for a moment, and the great power is not the power of sight, but sympathy.
A remarkable instance of the great power of mere individuality over the young.
This I say, Sancho, that thou attribute not the favour thou hast received to thine own merits, but give thanks to heaven that disposes matters beneficently, and secondly thanks to the great power the profession of knight-errantry contains in itself.
And if not able to please himself in the arrangement, he has at least pleasure in the great power of choice.
This could lead into further undermining the trust between the great powers and discourage cooperation.
Pacific Strife: The Great Powers and their Political and Economic Rivalries in Asia and the Western Pacific, 1870-1914.
For half a century the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has helped shape regional interactions with the Great Powers including the United States, the Soviet Union and a rising China.
The secretary-general must never come from one of the great powers (that might give him access to enough resources to make a nuisance of himself), and the successful candidate should not be charismatic.
The second chapter then turns to the motives that drove the great powers to the Pacific region.
The interests of the great powers and their regional allies have seldom totally coincided, and often their interests have diverged in important ways.
Great powers have the ability to anticipate crises and always have possible scenarios at the ready; that is why they are the great powers.