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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201 This disparity among less - developed nations points to the second major
feature of macroeconomic change over the past few decadesthe differential
growth rates among the various nations of the globe , which was as true of the
The second major argument of this book has been that this uneven pace of
economic growth has had crucial long - term impacts upon the relative military
power and strategical position of the members of the states system . This again is
Table 48 . NATO and Warsaw Pact Naval Strengths200 Warsaw Pact Nato Non -
Soviet USSR Total Total U . S . Non - U . S . Nuclear submarines 105 105 97 85
12 Diesel submarines 168 174 137 5 132 Major surface warships 184 187 ...
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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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