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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Yet however natural all this may appear to later eyes , it is important to stress that
the success of such a system depended on two critical factors : reasonably
efficient machinery for raising loans , and the maintenance of a government ' s “
Like so many mercantilist works , Mahan ' s tended to emphasize the importance
of Britain ' s external commerce as ... There was also a critically important "
continental ” dimension to British grand strategy , overlooked by those whose
It is important to realize , however , that many of the data are very approximate ,
particularly for countries lacking an adequate bureaucracy ; that certain of the
calculations ( e . g . , shares of world manufacturing output ) are merely estimates
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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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