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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Britain would be " benevolently neutral " to Japan if the latter was fighting one foe
, but had to render military aid if it was fighting more than one ; France ' s
agreement to assist Russia was similarly phrased . Unless London and Paris
... however , the record was quite the reverse ; but even that needs to be put into
perspective , since the losses of one campaign ( say , Tannenberg Masurian
Lakes in 1914 , or the Carpathian fighting in 1915 ) were made up by drafting a
This essentially reduced the fighting to a series of small - scale encounters in
jungles and paddy fields , terrain which blunted the advantages of American
firepower jungle - warfare techniques and unit cohesion — which was much less
of a ...
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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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