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 system, and Rome ranked alongside the
other major capitals (London, Paris, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Vienna,
Constantinople) as a ...
Although Italy marginally entered the listings of Great Powers, it is worth noting
that — Japan excluded — every other of ... greater degree of national cohesion
and resolve on the part of the Italian population, but such elements were absent.
cies, but Italy's vulnerable and lengthy coastline made its alliance politics
extremely ambivalent, and thus made strategic planning more chaotic than ever.
The alliance treaty that Italy signed in 1882 with Berlin was comforting at first, ...
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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