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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Both French and Dutch commerce were badly affected in this war , to the indirect
benefit of neutrals like the British . By 1678 , in fact , the Amsterdam merchant
classes had pushed their own government into a separate peace with France ...
Yet the lack of a solid continental ally by 1801 and the inconclusive nature of the
Anglo - French campaigning caused many politicians in England to think of
peace ; and those sentiments were reinforced by the urgings of mercantile circles
privileges and the czar cared only for his peace of mind . Here was an elite in
constant fear of workers ' and peasants unrest , and yet , although government
spending was by far the largest in the world in absolute terms , it kept direct taxes
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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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