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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Huge libraries existed from early on . Printing by movable type had already
appeared in eleventh - century China , and soon large numbers of books were in
existence . Trade and industry , stimulated by the canal - building and population
Because there existed a number of competing political entities , most of which
possessed or were able to buy the military means to preserve their
independence , no single one could ever achieve the breakthrough to the
mastery of the ...
No effective body existed , like the Committee of Imperial Defence or the Chiefs of
Staff Sub - Committee in Great Britain , to bring together the military and the
nonmilitary branches of government for strategic planning in a systematic way , or
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