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 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 ...
... is not at all clear that that would ipso facto lead to a revival in manufacturing :
plant has been scrapped , foreign markets lost ( perhaps permanently ) , and
international competitiveness eroded by higher than average rises in unit labor
If they neglect to provide adequate military defenses , they may be unable to
respond if a rival Power takes advantage of them ; if they spend too much on
armaments - or , more usually , upon maintaining at growing cost the military
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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