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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One ship returned with giraffes from East Africa to entertain the Chinese emperor
; another with a Ceylonese chief who ... and seaworthiness of Cheng Ho ' s navy -
some of the great treasure ships appear to have been around 400 feet long ...
From the mid - 1770s onward , the French naval budget steadily rose ; by 1780 it
totaled about 150 million livres , and by 1782 it had reached a staggering 200
million livres . " At the time France entered the war , it possessed fifty - two ships
Mideast Force 1 Command Ship 4 Surface Combatants be called upon to defend
all of its overseas interests ... Carriers 5 Helicopter Carriers 1 Battleship 9
Cruisers 35 Destroyers 50 Frigates 49 Attack Submarines 18 Amphibious Ships
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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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