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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... personnel and expenditures. In 1950, for example, the United States spent
$14.5 billion on defense and had 1.38 million military personnel, while the USSR
spent slightly more ($15.5 billion) on its far larger armed forces of 4.3 million men.
In 1960, the great breakthrough occurred in Latin America, when the USSR
signed its first trade agreement with Castro's Cuba, then already becoming
embroiled with an irritated United States. All this set a pattern which was not
reversed by ...
83; and the remarks in Nove, Economic History of the USSR, pp. 362ff. 129.
Reprinted from Brown et al., State of the World, 1986, p. 18. 130. See again
Goldman, USSR in Crisis, pp. 70-71; and, more broadly, R. W. Tucker, "Swollen
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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