The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000
About national and international power in the "modern" or Post Renaissance period. Explains how the various powers have risen and fallen over the 5 centuries since the formation of the "new monarchies" in W. Europe.
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Agriculture remained the fundament of British wealth throughout the eighteenth
century , and exports ( whose ratio to total national income was probably less
than 10 percent until the 1780s ) were often subject to strong foreign competition
On the other hand, there was no equivalent at sea, where the British enjoyed a
near-monopoly of naval power, which simultaneously reinforced and was
underpinned by the economic lead which they had gained over all their rivals. In
ties - suppressing piracy , intercepting slaving ships , landing marines , and
overawing local potentates from Canton to Zanzibar — the impact seemed
perhaps even more decisive.27 The second significant realm of British influence
lay in its ...
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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
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