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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Palmerston ' s denunciations of the Prussian army ' s move into Schleswig -
Holstein in 1848 was the least worrying . Much more disturbing was the potential
French threat to the Rhineland , in 1830 , again in 1840 , and finally in the 1860s .
At least 90 percent of Frenchmen spoke French and the same proportion
belonged at least nominally to the Catholic Church . More than eight in every ten
Prussians were German ( the rest were mostly Poles ) and of the Germans 70
The army , too , had been boosted by the war with Spain , at least to the extent
that the public realized how minuscule it actually was , how disorganized the
National Guard was , and how close to disaster the early campaigning in Cuba
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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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