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.
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The result was to make Europe the fastest - growing region in the world , Japan
excepted . “ Between 1950 and 1970 European gross domestic product grew on
average at about 5 . 5 percent per annum and 4 . 4 percent on a per capita basis
3 ; V . G . Kiernan , “ State and Nation in Western Europe , " Past and Present , vol
. 31 ( 1965 ) , pp . 20 – 38 ; J . H . Shennan , The Origins of the Modern European
State 1450 – 1725 ( London , 1974 ) ; H . Lubasz ( ed . ) , The Development of ...
comments on Russia ' s rise in M . S . Anderson , Europe in the Eighteenth
Century ( London , 1961 ) , espec . ch . 9 . 34 . A . de Tocqueville , Democracy in
America , 2 vols . ( New York , 1945 edn . ) , p . 452 ; and see also the
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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
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.
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