The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000
Vintage Books, 1989 - Business & Economics - 677 pages
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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Printing by movable type had already appeared in eleventh - century China , and
soon large numbers of books were in existence . Trade and industry , stimulated
by the canal - building and population pressures , were equally sophisticated .
... with the Ottoman Turks , or , rather , with their formidable army and the finest
siege train of the age . Already by the beginning of the sixteenth century their
domains stretched from the Crimea ( where ...
... the French crown which had to declare bankruptcy in the fateful year of 1557 .
Well before that crash , and despite all the increase in the taille and in indirect
taxes like the gabelle and customs , the French monarchy was already resorting ...
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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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