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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productive and prosperous, and getting much more so. The second is that its
military strength, and defense spending, bears no relation to its place in the
international economic order of things. It possesses a reasonable-sized navy (
E3; "Hard Times in Mexico Cause Concern in U.S.," New York Times, Oct. 19,
1986, pp. 1, 20. 211. Report of the Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger
to the Congress, on Fiscal Year 1984 Budget (Washington, D.C., 1983), p. 17.
17-21; J. Fallows, National Defense (New York, 1981); idem, "The Spend-Up,"
Atlantic, July 1986, pp. 27-31; Gansler, Defense Industry, passim; S. L. Canby, "
Military Reform and the Art of War," passim; "Forum: Military Reform and Defense
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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