The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000
About national and international power in the "modern" or Post Renaissance period. Explains how the various powers have risen and fallen over the 5 centuries since the formation of the "new monarchies" in W. Europe.
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But China had a habit of changing its conquerors much more than it was
changed by them , and when the Ming dynasty ... To readers brought up to
respect " western " science , the most striking feature of Chinese civilization must
be its ...
One ship returned with giraffes from East Africa to entertain the Chinese emperor
; another with a Ceylonese chief who had been unwise enough not to
acknowledge the supremacy of the Son of Heaven . ( It must be noted , however ,
that the ...
Admittedly , the Korean War and the subsequent Chinese - American jockeying
over Taiwan took attention from the lukewarm state of the Moscow - Peking axis ,
in which Stalin ' s relatively small amounts of aid to China were always tendered
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Yale historian Kennedy surveys the ebb and flow of power among the major states of Europe from the 16th centurywhen Europe's preeminence first took shapethrough and beyond the present erawhen great ... Read full review
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