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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Fighter aircraft, for example, were swiftly changing from maneuverable (but lightly
armed and fabric- covered) biplanes which could do about 200 mph to "
duraluminum monoplane aircraft laden with multiple heavy machine guns and
With the rise in industrial output and national income deriving from the Five-Year
Plans, large numbers of tanks and aircraft were built. Innovative officers around
Tukhachevsky were willing to study (if not fully accept) ideas from Douhet, Fuller,
tanks and over 2,500 aircraft — fantastically more than any other country in the
world. Given the tremendous growth of the regular army after 1934, it must have
been extraordinarily difficult to find sufficient highly trained officers and NCOs to ...
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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