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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Its illiteracy rate - 37 . 6 percent overall and again far greater in the south - was
much higher than in any other western or northern European state , a reflection of
the backwardness of much of Italian agriculture — smallholdings , poor soil , little
This might have been compensated for somewhat by a relatively greater degree
of national cohesion and resolve on the part of the Italian population , but such
elements were absent . The loyalties which existed in the Italian body politic were
Italian history generally in this period is covered in D . Mack Smith , Italy , A
Modern History ( Ann Arbor , 1969 ) , pp . 101ff ; C . Seton Watson , Italy from
Liberalism to Fascism ( London , 1967 ) , pp . 129 – 412 . It is noticeable that
there is no ...
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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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