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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Spain suddenly made peace with the Dutch early in 1648 , finally recognizing
their full independence ; but this was done to deprive France of an ally , and the
Franco - Habsburg struggle continued . It became purely a Franco - Spanish one
When the great battle finally occurred , at Poltava in July 1709 , the Russian army
was vastly superior in numbers and in good defensive positions . Not only did this
encounter wipe out the Swedish force , but Charles ' s subsequent flight into ...
Finally , if it had seen its productive lead eroded by certain faster - growing
economies , it had still maintained a very considerable superiority over the Soviet
Union in almost all respects of true national power and — by clinging to its own ...
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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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