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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53 In 1939 and 1940 , the western Allies frequently considered the pros and cons
of having Italy fighting on Germany ' s side rather than remaining neutral . On the
whole , the British chiefs of staff preferred Italy to be kept out of the war , so as ...
This essentially reduced the fighting to a series of small - scale encounters in
jungles and paddy fields , terrain which blunted the advantages of American
firepower and ( helicopter - borne ) mobility , and instead placed an emphasis
Although masses of brainpower are devoted to evolving a “ nuclear - war -
fighting strategy , " it is difficult to contest Jervis ' s observation that " a rational
strategy for the employment of nuclear weapons is a contradiction in terms . " 178
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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