The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000
With 200,000 hardcover copies in print, this book has received worldwide attention. Kennedy explains how the various world powers have risen and fallen over the five centuries since the formation of the "new monarchies" in Western Europe.
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Yet while its army always remained a junior partner to the French, Britain's navy
had no real chance to secure a Nelsonic victory against a foe who prudently
withdrew his fleet into fortified harbors.71 The explosion of public discontent in
war was going to last longer than a few months, Britain's strengths were
considerable. Its navy could neutralize the German fleet and blockade the
Central Powers — which would not bring the latter to their knees, but would deny
them access ...
C. J. Bartlett, Great Britain and Sea Power 1815-1853 (Oxford, 1963), passim. For
some regional manifestations: G. S. Graham, Great Britain in the Indian Ocean: A
Study of Maritime Enterprise 1810-1850 (Oxford, 1967); B. Cough, The Royal ...
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The internal political system of the United states, or of any other nation for that matter, is of little consequence to Paul Kennedy in his treatment of WWI. The rise and fall of the Great Powers with ... Read full review
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WINNER OF THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE Paul Kennedy's international bestseller is a sweeping account of five hundred years of fluctuating economic muscle and military might. Kennedy's masterwork begins ... Read full review