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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At virtually the same time , however , Philip ' s policies of religious intolerance
and increased taxation had kindled the discontents in the Habsburg - owned
Netherlands into an open revolt . The breakdown of Spanish authority there by
the mid ...
For years beforehand , France had been the tacit , indirect leader of the
antiHabsburg coalition , sending subsidies to all who would fight the imperial and
Spanish forces . Now the conflict was out in the open , and each coalition began
the Franco - Spanish bases — and fleets . British fleets ensured the capture of
Minorca and Sardinia ; they covered Savoy and the Italian coasts from French
attack ; and when the allies went onto the offensive , they shepherded and
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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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