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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Nonetheless , that was not how the other princes and states viewed this mighty
agglomeration of Habsburg power . ... say that the chief aim of the French in
Europe over the next two centuries would be to break the influence of the
rary could appreciate , had Charles V succeeded in crushing the Protestant
princes of Germany in the 1540s , it would have been a victory not only for the
Catholic faith but also for Habsburg influence — and the same was true of Philip
II ' s ...
... finally recognizing their full independence ; but this was done to deprive
France of an ally , and the Franco - Habsburg ... Peace of Westphalia ( 1648 ) at
last brought tranquillity to Germany , and allowed the Austrian Habsburgs to retire
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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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