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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strength was actually decreasing relative to Germany ' s . Between 1900 and
1913 , for example , its own steel production rose from 2 . 2 to 4 . 8 million tons ,
but Germany ' s leaped forward from 6 . 3 to 17 . 6 million tons . In the same way ,
Is it " conceivable ” that in ten or twenty years ' time the relative strength of the
imperialist powers will have remained unchanged ? Absolutely inconceivable .
260 And for all Lenin ' s own concentration upon the capitalist / imperialist states ,
... both in shares of total world product and total world military spending , from the
five largest concentrations of strength to many more nations ; but that will be a
gradual process , and no other state is likely to join the present “ pentarchy " 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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