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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The second , and probably crucial , difference was that the French could benefit
from fighting a coalition war in the way that Russia could not . Since 1871 , they
had known that they could not stand alone against Germany ; the 1914–1918 ...
Around 8 million men were killed in actual fighting , with another 7 million
permanently disabled and a further 15 million “ more or less seriously wounded ”
—the vast majority of these being in the prime of their productive life . In addition
... congenital lying , inability to act and think effectively , and governmental
incompetence.53 In 1939 and 1940 , the western Allies frequently considered the
pros and cons of having Italy fighting on Germany's side rather than remaining
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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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