The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 27, 2010 - Business & Economics - 704 pages
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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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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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I read this book many years ago when I was in grad school - early 90s - and I thought back on this book so often, especially during the Bush Era. Now I say to myself, how prescient this man was, for we as a country are marching lock-step towards relative decline per Kennedy's central thesis, that military overstretch contributes mightily to depleting your economy, and puts you on the path of decline; forcing you to become indebted to others. 

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Paul Kennedy is the author or editor of thirteen books, including Preparing for the Twenty-first Century and The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, which has been translated into more than twenty languages. He serves on the editorial board of numerous scholarly journals and has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and several other publications. Educated at Newcastle University and Oxford University, he is a former fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University and of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung in Bonn.

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