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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Its international reserves are larger than those of any other country in the world (
except , presumably , those of Japan after the latter ' s recent surge ) , and the
deutsche mark is often used by other nations as a reserve currency . As against
... or more of GNP by the year 2000 , a larger and larger amount of equipment
such as machine - building and metalworking tools would be consumed by the
military , crowding out the share of investment capital going to the rest of industry
... Japan or West Germany , it requires much larger defense forces — in just the
same way as imperial Spain felt it needed a far larger army than its
contemporaries and Victorian Britain insisted upon a much bigger navy than any
other country .
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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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