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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Finally , the financing of the war had caused economic - and later political -
problems of unprecedented complexity . Very few of the belligerents ( Britain and
the United States were among the exceptions ) had tried to pay for even part of
5 million in the armed forces ; 6 – 8 million civilians killed by the Germans ; plus
the " indirect " war losses caused by the reduced food rations , forced labor , and
vastly increased hours of work , so that “ altogether probably some 20 – 25
The creation of tens of thousands of private businesses has alarmed party
ideologists , and the rise in prices ( probably caused as much by the necessary
adjustment to market costs as by the frequently denounced " racketeering " and ...
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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