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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... s explosive economic growth can be offered here . 46 Its population had
soared from 49 million in 1890 to 66 million in 1913 , second only in Europe to
Russia ' s — but since Germans enjoyed far higher levels of education , social ...
5 million in the armed forces ; 6 – 8 million civilians killed by the Germans ; plus
the “ indirect " war losses caused by the reduced food rations , forced labor , and
vastly increased hours of work , so that " altogether probably some 20 – 25
The full mobilized strength of European forces was nearly 7 million men as
against 3 . 5 million for the United States . " 187 It is , of course , also true that the
United States has deployed 250 , 000 men in situ in Germany , that the army
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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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