The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000
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 Rise of the Western World In the year 1500 , the date chosen by numerous
scholars to mark the divide between modern and premodern times , ' it was by no
means obvious to the inhabitants of Europe that their continent was poised to ...
Yet Poland could not be directly assisted by the western countries , and any
indirect assistance was going to be small in a period when the French army had
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whatever the attractions of receiving that aid may have been to Moscow , it did
involve joint cooperation with western Europe , just at a time when the Soviet
economy had returned to the most rigid forms of socialization and collectivization
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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.
The Rise of the Western World
World Power Centers in the Sixteenth Century
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