"You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." - Orson WellesI take your point but I do think to some extent that a society can be judged in some extent that cultural product it creates.
Lately I have read that the Soviet revolution was co-ordinated by wall street in order to bring down the Russian empire which was outside the control of western bankers.