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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The second , and probably crucial , difference was that the French could benefit
from fighting a coalition war in the way that Russia could not . Since 1871 , they
had known that they could not stand alone against Germany ; the 1914 – 1918 ...
53 In 1939 and 1940 , the western Allies frequently considered the pros and cons
of having Italy fighting on Germany ' s side rather than remaining neutral . On the
whole , the British chiefs of staff preferred Italy to be kept out of the war , so as ...
This essentially reduced the fighting to a series of small - scale encounters in
jungles and paddy fields , terrain which blunted the advantages of American
firepower and ( helicopter - borne ) mobility , and instead placed an emphasis
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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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