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 world has become a more competitive place , and market shares are being
eroded . ... and yet still discover that the world is a less secure environment -
simply because other Powers have grown faster , and are becoming stronger .
44 The extent of its labor - intensive agricultural sector and the regime ' s
determination not to become too reliant upon imported foodstuffs will also be a
drag upon foreign trade . What is likely is that China will become an increasingly
But if there is a slowing - down or even a halt in the increase in defense spending
, coinciding with the continuous upward spiral in weapons costs , then the
problem facing the Pentagon will become much more acute . The second factor is
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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