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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The one feature of Europe which immediately strikes the eye when looking at a
map of the world ' s “ power centers ” in the sixteenth century is its political
fragmentation ( see Maps 1 and 2 ) . This was not an accidental or short - lived
state of ...
Finally , the financing of the war had caused economic — and later political
problems of unprecedented complexity . Very few of the bel . ligerents ( Britain
and the United States were among the exceptions ) had tried to pay for even part
of the ...
But by late 1946 and early 1947 , the gap was widening and becoming more
publicized : various plebiscites and regional elections in the German zones were
showing “ the political complexion of West Germany . . . beginning to differ
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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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