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 cardinal fact for most French producers after 1815 was the existence of an
overwhelmingly dominant and powerful industrial producer not only as their
nearest neighbor but as a mighty force in all foreign markets and sometimes even
The fact that Moscow takes the possibility of war seriously can be gleamed from
its deployment of around fifty divisions ( including six or seven tank divisions ) of
Russian troops in its two military districts east of the Urals . And while it may be ...
when its energy supplies were so plentiful and ( relatively ) easily accessible ; but
the awful fact is that this is no longer the case . It may have been that the CIA ' s
famous 1977 forecast that Soviet oil production would soon peak , and then ...
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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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