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 alliance treaty that Italy signed in 1882 with Berlin was comforting at first ,
particularly when Bismarck seemed to paralyze the French ; but even then the
Italian government kept pressing for closer ties with Britain , which alone could ...
The sudden American retreat into at least relative diplomatic isolationism after
1920 seemed yet another contradiction to those worldpower trends which , as
detailed above , had been under way since the 1890s . To the prophets of world ...
The final element which seemed to emphasize that the world must now be
viewed , strategically and politically , as bipolar rather than in its traditional
multipolar form was the heightened role of ideology . To be sure , even in the age
of classical ...
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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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