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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70 The inept and occasional interventions by English forces in the great
European struggle during the 1620s , although very expensive to mount , had
little effect upon the course of the Thirty Years War . The population , trade ,
All of these agreements , moreover , had the effect of drawing the signatories
away from France and placing them in some degree of dependence upon
Germany . 105 Finally , the events of the late 1870s had reemphasized the
86 France had been able to carry out such a dynamic colonial policy , it has been
argued , because the structures of government had permitted a small group of
bureaucrats , colonial governors , and parti colonial enthusiasts to effect " forward
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The rise and fall of the great powers: economic change and military conflict from 1500 to 2000User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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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