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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In these circumstances , Italy ' s rise in population without significant industrial
expansion was a mixed blessing , since it slowed its industrial growth in per
capita terms relative to the other western Powers , 29 and the comparison would
It was the erosion of Britain ' s industrial and commercial preeminence , upon
which , in the last resort , its naval , military , and imperial strength rested .
Established Brit . ish industries such as coal , textiles , and ironware increased
their output ...
134 The same remarks might be made about the enormous Soviet steel industry ,
much of the output of which seems to be wasted - causing some scholars to
marvel at the " paradox of industrial plenty in the midst of consumer poverty .
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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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