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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charged by the bankers spiraled upward , so that much of the ordinary revenue
had to be used simply to pay the interest on past debts . 24 When Charles
abdicated , he bequeathed to Philip II an official Spanish debt of some 20 million
... arbitrary actions against the holders of short - term and longterm bills caused
bankers to demand — and a desperate French state to agree to — rates of
interest far above those charged to the British and many other European
U . S . Federal Deficit , Debt , and Interest , 1980 – 1985236 ( billions of dollars )
Deficit Debt Interest on Debt 1980 59 . 6 914 . 3 1983 195 . 4 1 , 381 . 9 87 . 8
1985 202 . 8 1 , 823 . 1 129 . 0 52 . 5 The continuation of such trends , alarmed ...
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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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