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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States — from having a poorly trained and illiterate industrial work force , and in
possessing only a minuscule number of engineers , scientists , and managers
necessary for the higher direction and steady improvement of the manufacturing
But , as we have seen in earlier chapters , it is also the country among the former
Great Powers whose economy and society have found it hardest to adjust to the
shifting patterns of technology and manufacturing in the post - 1945 decades ...
... and further hurting U . S . agricultural and manufacturing exports . But that in
turn raises the troubling question about what might happen if those massive and
volatile funds were pulled out of the dollar , causing its value to drop precipitously
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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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