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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The new ally, Portugal, could be sustained from the sea, while Lisbon in turn
provided a forward fleet base and Brazil a ... French possessions in the West
Indies and North America, and raiding squadrons could hunt for Spanish bullion
By the eve of war, the High Seas Fleet consisted of thirteen dreadnought-type
battleships, sixteen older ones, and five battlecruisers, a force so big that it had
compelled the British Admiralty gradually to withdraw almost all its capital-ship ...
Already in the late 1880s, the rebuilding of the fleet had commenced, but the
greatest boost came at the time of the Spanish-American War. Since the easy
naval victories in that conflict seemed to justify the arguments of Admiral Mahan
and the ...
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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