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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were ominous enough ; the coming of the breechloader , vastly increasing the
rate of fire , was an even greater advance ; and the Gatling guns , Maxims , and
light field artillery put the final touches to a new " firepower revolution ...
... had an energy consumption from modern fuel sources fifteen times as large ,
and a railway mileage thirty times greater ( and even three times greater than
Britain's ) . By contrast , the United States possessed a regular army of a mere
The frailty of Britain's international and economic position was partially disguised
in the early post - 1945 period by the even greater weakness of other states , the
prudent withdrawals from India and Palestine , the short - term surge in exports ...
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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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