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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Two generations later , that was no longer the case , as shown in Table 9 . Table
9 . GNP of the European Great Powers , 1830 – 189060 ( at market prices , in
1960 U . S . dollars and prices ; in billions ) 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 ...
the others , with Germany and ( later ) Japan beginning to draw a little away from
the remainder . Table 12 . Total Population of the Powers , 1890 - 193817 (
millions ) 1890 1900 1910 1913 1920 1928 1938 1 Russia 116 . 8 135 . 6 159 .
1938 147 483 697 145 185 212 71 Table 16 . ... 8 45 Tables 15 and 16 both
confirm the swift industrial changes which occurred in absolute terms to some of
the powers in particular periods Germany before 1914 , Russia and Japan in 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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