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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Of the more than 600,000 men in the Grand Army, only 270,000 of that total were
Frenchmen, the same number as remained in the Peninsula. Furthermore, since "
native" Frenchmen now included the Belgians, Dutch, and many Italians in the ...
Germany's capacity to fight successfully on land seemed to some observers less
impressive; indeed, at first sight, the Prussian army in the decade before 1914
appeared eclipsed by the far larger forces of czarist Russia, and matched by
Finally, the country also possessed the world's third-largest merchant marine,
although (curiously) the navy itself virtually neglected antisubmarine warfare.62
Because of conscription, the Japanese army had ready access to manpower and
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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