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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The first was the catastrophic decline in Soviet agricultural production, as kulaks (
and others) resisted the forced collectivization and then were eliminated. The
horrific preemptive slaughter of farm animals — "the number of horses fell from ...
years of Deng-led reforms, agriculture has averaged an 8 percent growth, and
industry a spectacular 12 percent.31 To a very large degree, the agricultural
sector remains both China's opportunity and its weak point. The East Asian
methods of ...
respect, and so embarrassed the government that it stopped giving details of
agricultural output (although its average import of 35 million tons of grain each
year provided a clue!). Even the "good" year of 1983 did not make the USSR ...
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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