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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improvements of the cavalry and introduction of mobile , light artillery , and finally
in the discipline and high morale which his leadership gave to the army ,
Gustavus had at his command perhaps the best fighting force in the world when
Of the more than 600 , 000 men in the Grand Army , only 270 , 000 of that total
were Frenchmen , the same number as remained in the Peninsula . Furthermore ,
since " native ” Frenchmen now included the Belgians , Dutch , and many Italians
62 Because of conscription , the Japanese army had ready access to manpower
and could ingrain the recruits into its traditions of absolute obedience and mass
maximum effort . While it had kept the size of the army limited in earlier years , its
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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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