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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Yet mention of that year is , of course , the most important fact in understanding
the American relative decline . As argued above , the United States ' favorable
economic position at that point in history was both unprecedented and artificial .
decline. ,. in. that. such an agitation simply would not have been necessary a few
decades earlier , when the nation ' s lead was unquestioned . A strong man , the
writer G . K . Chesterton sardonically observed , does not worry about his bodily ...
R . A . Stradling , Europe and the Decline of Spain : A Study of the Spanish
System , 1580 – 1720 ( London / Boston , 1981 ) , p . 44 . 5 . For example ,
Gattinara ' s declaration to Charles V that " God has set you on the path towards a
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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