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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part of the remainder continued to have ... In consequence , while agricultural
output did steadily increase over these decades ( at about 2 percent annually ) ,
The first was the catastrophic decline in Soviet agricultural production , as kulaks
( and others ) resisted the forced collectivization and then were eliminated . The
horrific preemptive slaughter of farm animals — " the number of horses fell from ...
years of Deng - led reforms , agriculture has averaged an 8 percent growth , and
industry a spectacular 12 percent . 31 To a very large degree , the agricultural
sector remains both China ' s opportunity and its weak point . The East Asian ...
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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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