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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Populations of the Powers , 1700 – 1800 99 4 . Size of Armies , 1690 – 1814 99 5
. Size of ... Urban Population of the Powers and as Percentage of the Total
Population , 1890 – 1938 200 14 . Per Capita Levels of Industrialization , 1880 ...
From the eighteenth century onward , the growth in world population had begun
to accelerate : Europe ' s numbers rose from 140 million in 1750 to 187 million in
1800 to 266 million in 1850 ; Asia ' s exploded from over 400 million in 1750 to ...
The third major cause for concern about Russia ' s future economic growth lies in
demographics . The position here is so gloomy that one scholar began his recent
survey “ Population and Labor Force " with the following blunt statement : On ...
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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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