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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8 Economic growth in this vast area has been stimulated by a happy combination
of factors : a spectacular rise in industrial productivity by export - oriented
societies , in turn leading to great increases in foreign trade , shipping , and
But the most significant aspect of China ' s longer - term war - fighting power lies
elsewhere : in the remarkably swift growth of its economy which has occurred
during the past few decades and which seems likely to continue into the future ...
tions during the growth process . " 42 If that seems a remarkably rosy statement ,
it pales compared with The Economist ' s recent calculation that if China
maintains an average 8 percent annual growth - which it calls " feasible " - it
would soar ...
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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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