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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... by establishing and developing foreign industries and agriculture with
repeated financial injections and by building railways , harbors , and steamships
which would enable overseas producers to rival its own production in future
... even more , such rabidly expansionist pressure groups as the Pan - German
League and the German Navy League should have welcomed and urged the rise
of German influence in Europe and overseas is hardly surprising . In this age of ...
164 This growth of American industrial power and overseas trade was
accompanied , perhaps inevitably , by a more assertive diplomacy and by an
American - style rhetoric of Weltpolitik . 165 Claims to a special moral endowment
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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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