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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In the same way , while one could point to Austria - Hungary in 1914 as a good
example of a " falling " Great Power helping to trigger off a major war , that still
leaves the theorist to deal with the equally critical roles played then by those "
Challenges from the West were even more threatening ; the Poles , for example ,
occupied Moscow between 1608 and 1613 . A further weakness was that despite
certain borrowings from the West , Russia remained technologically backward ...
See , for example , P . F . Drucker , " The Changed World Economy , " Foreign
Affairs , vol . 64 , no . 4 ( Spring 1986 ) , pp . 768 - 91 - a remarkable article . See
also the figures given in " Beyond Factory Robots , ” Economist , July 5 , 1986 , p .
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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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