The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000
With 200,000 hardcover copies in print, this book has received worldwide attention. Kennedy explains how the various world powers have risen and fallen over the five centuries since the formation of the "new monarchies" in Western Europe.
Results 1-3 of 79
It would be unwise to exaggerate the wealth and financial stability of the Dutch
republic or to suggest that it found it easy to pay for the prolonged conflict ,
especially in its early stages . In the eastern and southern parts of the United
But a century later , the Dutch were struggling to hold their own against a number
of rivals . The adoption of mercantilist policies by Cromwell ' s England and
Colbert ' s France hurt Dutch commerce and shipping . For all the tactical
brilliance of ...
off the Portuguese against Spain , the Magyars , Turks , and German princes
against Austria , and the English against the Dutch - while buttressing France ' s
own geographical ( and army - recruitment ) position by its important 1663 treaty
What people are saying - Write a review
The rise and fall of the great powers: economic change and military conflict from 1500 to 2000User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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
Learning from History, July 19, 2003
Kennedy chronicles the rise of the Great Powers starting with the Ming Dynasty in China and taking us all the way to the contemporary times of the 1980s.
By analyzing world history through the prisms of economical, political, and military status of each great rising power, Kennedy fuses a theory of why certain countries throughout history (1500-present) rose to be regional or world powers and why they later collapsed.
As the other reviewers noted, Kennedy's book falls short of accurately predicting the changes that were to follow the publication date of his book (fall of Russia, Asian market crises). Nevertheless this book is a valuable historical resource.
The Rise of the Western World
World Power Centers in the Sixteenth Century
32 other sections not shown