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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of March 1801 a British expedition defeated the French army at Alexandria ,
which afterward led to a complete French withdrawal from Egypt . Farther afield ,
British forces in India overwhelmed the Frenchbacked Tipu in Mysore and
There is no comprehensive history of French defense policy in this period ; but
there are useful details in D . Porch , The March to the Marne : The French Army
1871 - 1914 ( Cambridge , 1981 ) ; P . - M . de la Gorce , The French Army : A ...
No attempt will be made here to cover all the literature upon French politics and
society in the 1930s and its relationship to the 1940 " strange defeat . " There are
important surveys in J . B . Duroselle , La Décadence 1932 – 1939 ( Paris , 1979 )
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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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