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 Habsburg Bid for Mastery , 1519 - 1659 By the sixteenth century , then , the
power struggles within Europe were also ... The story of this prolonged struggle
and of the ultimate defeat of these Habsburg ambitions by a coalition of other ...
The Meaning and Chronology of the Struggle Although there were always
specific reasons why any particular state was drawn into this larger context , two
more general causes were chiefly responsible for the transformation in both the ...
The diplomacy of the Franco - Prussian War is covered in Taylor , Struggle for
Mastery in Europe , pp . 201 - 17 ; W . E . Mosse , The European Powers and the
German Question 1848 – 1870 ( Cambridge , 1958 ) ; E . Kolb ( ed . ) , Europa
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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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