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 debate about the " German question , " that is to say , about the possibility of
an eventual union of the thirty - nine German states , and the means by which that
goal could be secured . For not only did the issue predictably divide the liberal ...
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offensive into East Prussia by launching their own ... of achieving a swift victory in
the west , a further eight German divisions were transferred to the eastern
The “ German - German ” relationship will probably seem , at this time , the most
hypothetical of the cluster . As has been made clear in the preceding chapters ,
the proper place of the German people within the European states system has ...
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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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