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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... France , which in turn meant that the German states ( reliant upon Dutch
subsidies ) could not continue to fight on their own . Although the Nymegen
peace treaties of 1678 – 1679 brought the open fighting to an end , Louis XIV ' s
paigns in the west , to switch more and more of its troops from the Rhine to the
Vistula , which in turn compelled Austria to keep 60 , 000 men on its northern
frontier in case Russia and Prussia moved against the remaining Polish
and its receipts has been to suck into the country tremendous amounts of liquid
funds from Europe and ( especially ) Japan - turning the United States , as
mentioned above , into the world ' s largest debtor country by far . 240 It is , in fact
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The rise and fall of the great powers: economic change and military conflict from 1500 to 2000User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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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