The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000
Vintage Books, 1989 - Business & Economics - 677 pages
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 ...
31 To a very large degree , the agricultural sector remains both China ' s
opportunity and its weak point . ... which makes it difficult to effect a switch to , say
, the large - scale , mechanized forms of agriculture used on the American
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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Yale historian Kennedy surveys the ebb and flow of power among the major states of Europe from the 16th centurywhen Europe's preeminence first took shapethrough and beyond the present erawhen great ... Read full review