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 world has become a more competitive place , and market shares are being
eroded . ... and yet still discover that the world is a less secure environment -
simply because other Powers have grown faster , and are becoming stronger .
Britain had now become , in Joseph Chamberlain ' s frightening phrase , “ the
weary Titan , ( staggering ) under the too vast orb of its fate . " 112 In the years to
come , the First Lord of the Admiralty warned , “ the United Kingdom by itself will
... industrial “ production " becoming uncoupled from industrial “ employment , "
with knowledge - intensive goods becoming dominant in all advanced societies ,
and with world capital flows becoming increasingly detached from trade patterns .
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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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