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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The Meaning and Chronology of the Struggle Although there were always
specific reasons why any particular state was ... The second reason for the much
more widespread and interlinked pattern of warfare after 1500 was the creation of
Here , too , was the reason why Doenitz ' s U - boats had to keep below the
surface ; why Slim ' s Burma Army could reinforce Imphal ; why American carriers
could launch repeated attacks upon Japanese bases all over the western Pacific
On the other hand , the history of the post - 1945 arms race so far suggests that
nuclear weapons , while mutually threatening to East and West , also seem to be
mutually unusable — which is the chief reason why the Powers continue to ...
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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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