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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With 2 percent of the world ' s population and 10 percent of Europe ' s , the United
Kingdom would seem to have had a capacity in modern industries equal to 40 -
45 percent of the world ' s potential and 55 - 60 percent of that in Europe .
devaluation of the franc when all of the other major trading countries had gone "
off " gold meant that French exports became less and less competitive , and its
foreign trade collapsed : “ imports went down by 60 percent and exports by 70 ...
Textile production , which still provided 40 percent of British exports , was cut by
two - thirds ; coal , which provided another 10 percent of exports , dropped by one
- fifth ; shipbuilding was so badly hit that in 1933 production fell to 7 percent of ...
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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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