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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Because there existed a number of competing political entities , most of which
possessed or were able to buy the military means to preserve their
independence , no single one could ever achieve the breakthrough to the
mastery of the ...
What mattered , therefore , was the number of divisions which could immediately
be put into the field , not the size of the German steel and chemical industries nor
the millions of potential recruits Germany possessed . 99 This revival of national ...
At its conclusion , Washington possessed gold reserves of $ 20 billion , almost
two - thirds of the world ' s total of $ 33 billion . 36 Again , “ . . . more than half the
total manufacturing production of the world took place within the U . S . A . , which
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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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