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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... an even greater advance ; and the Gatling guns , Maxims , and light field
artillery put the final touches to a new " firepower revolution " which quite
eradicated the chances of a successful resistance by indigenous peoples reliant
upon older ...
... 000 tons , had an energy consumption from modern fuel sources fifteen times
as large , and a railway mileage thirty times greater ( and even three times
greater than Britain ' s ) . By contrast , the United States possessed a regular army
of a ...
The frailty of Britain ' s international and economic position was partially
disguised in the early post - 1945 period by the even greater weakness of other
states , the prudent withdrawals from India and Palestine , the short - term surge
in exports ...
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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