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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... war cost the French government at least a billion livres , virtually all of which
was paid by floating loans at rates of interest at least double that available to the
British government . In both countries , servicing the debt consumed half the
... cost at least £ 16 million . Yet it is doubtful whether Britain's steadily augmented
domination of the extra - European theaters or its peripheral operations against
Dunkirk and Toulon compensated for France's growing power within Europe .
Palmerston's denunciations of the Prussian army's move into Schleswig -
Holstein in 1848 was the least worrying . Much more disturbing was the potential
French threat to the Rhineland , in 1830 , again in 1840 , and finally in the 1860s .
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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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