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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ing and equipping of large armies , the use of improved communications offered
by the railway , the steamship , and the telegraph , and a productive industrial
base to sustain the armed forces . In all of these conflicts , grievous blunders
Indeed , it is precisely about this period that many historians have referred to " the
industrial revolution of the Giolittian era ... 31 At least in the north , there was a
considerable shift to heavy industry - iron and steel , shipbuilding , automobile ...
It was the erosion of Britain's industrial and commercial preeminence , upon
which , in the last resort , its naval , military , and imperial strength rested .
Established British industries such as coal , textiles , and ironware increased their
output in ...
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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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