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 best that could be achieved was , on the one hand , the recognition that
France was an equal partner in the European Concert , and on the other , the
restoration of French political influence in neighboring regions alongside that of
If France ' s economy was badly dented by the Socialist administration ' s dash for
growth in the early 1980s ( just when all its major trading partners were
retrenching fiscally ) , the stricter policies which followed seem to have reduced
This may also explain why so many historians have tended to focus upon civil -
military relations in France rather than military policy per se . For examples , in
addition to the works listed in note 84 above , see R . Girardet , La société
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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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