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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This seems , perhaps , too harsh a judgment in the light of Prussia ' s various
strengths : its educational system , from the parish schools to the universities ,
was second to none in Europe ; its administrative system was reasonably efficient
; and ...
50 It was perhaps more significant that the German ruling elite after 1895 also
seemed convinced of the need for large - scale territorial expansion when the
time was ripe , with Admiral Tirpitz arguing that Germany ' s industrialization and
129 What was perhaps even more significant was the extent to which Russian
industrialization , despite some indigenous entrepreneurs , was carried out by
foreigners — a successful international firm like Singer , for example , or the large
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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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