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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Despite — and , of course , in some ways because of — these economic
difficulties , the finance ministry under Takahashi was willing to borrow recklessly
in the early 1930s in order to allocate more to the armed services , whose share
armed for the great conflict with Britain " 85 — a fair summary in respect to
surface warships , even if the U - boats were going to help redress the balance .
As for the Luftwaffe , it was strong chiefly because its foes were so chronically
219 Even in 1985 , forty years after its triumphs of the Second World War and
over a decade after its pull - out from Vietnam , the United States had 520 , 000
members of its armed forces abroad ( including 65 , 000 afloat ) . 220 That total is
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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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