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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There were , however , two serious defects which began to overshadow these
achievements . The first was the steady , long - term decline in the rate of growth ,
with industrial output each year since 1959 dropping from double - digit
The final and perhaps the most remarkable aspect of China ' s “ dash for growth ”
has been the very firm control upon defense spending , so that the armed forces
do not consume resources needed elsewhere . In Deng ' s view , defense has to
tions during the growth process . " 42 If that seems a remarkably rosy statement ,
it pales compared with The Economist ' s recent calculation that if China
maintains an average 8 percent annual growth — which it calls “ feasible ” - it
would soar ...
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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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