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 cardinal fact for most French producers after 1815 was the existence of an
overwhelmingly dominant and powerful industrial producer not only as their
nearest neighbor but as a mighty force in all foreign markets and sometimes even
when its energy supplies were so plentiful and ( relatively ) easily accessible ; but
the awful fact is that this is no longer the case . It may have been that the CIA ' s
famous 1977 forecast that Soviet oil production would soon peak , and then ...
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fleeing from socially rigid circumstances ... This lack of “ class ” politics despite
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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