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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Spain suddenly made peace with the Dutch early in 1648 , finally recognizing
their full independence ; but this was done to deprive France of an ally , and the
Franco - Habsburg struggle continued . It became purely a Franco - Spanish one
Moreover , by 1710 a Tory ministry had come into office at Westminster , eager for
a peace which secured Britain ' s maritime and imperial interests and reduced its
expenses in a continental war . Finally , the Archduke Charles , who had been ...
privileges and the czar cared only for his peace of mind . Here was an elite in
constant fear of workers ' and peasants ' unrest , and yet , although government
spending was by far the largest in the world in absolute terms , it kept direct taxes
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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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