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The rise and fall of the great powers: economic change and military conflict from 1500 to 2000

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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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