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 resultant income to Britain from such interest and dividends , which had
totaled a handy £8 million each year in the late 1830s , was over £50 million a
year by the 1870s ; but most of that was promptly reinvested overseas , in a sort
Yet if the increases in payments for “ guns and butter " looked alarming in
absolute terms , this was because the night - watchman state had been taking so
little of an individual ' s income in taxes , and spending so little of the national
It was therefore not surprising that U . S . national income , in absolute figures
and per capita , was so far above everybody else ' s by 1914 . 156 Table 21 .
National Income , Population , and per Capita Income of the Powers in 1914
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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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