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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Within just over a decade from its unification, therefore, Italy seemed a full
member of the European Great Power ... or northern European state, a reflection
of the backwardness of much of Italian agriculture — smallholdings, poor soil,
Although Italy marginally entered the listings of Great Powers, it is worth noting
that — Japan excluded — every other of these ... The loyalties which existed in
the Italian body politic were familial and local, perhaps regional, but not national.
D. Mack Smith, Mussolini: A Biography (New York, 1982) is a good portrayal of
the man, though less so of Italian politics and economy under him. For those
aspects, see M. Knox, Mussolini Unleashed 1939-1941 (Cambridge, 1982), ch.
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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