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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Like so many mercantilist works , Mahan ' s tended to emphasize the importance
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continental " dimension to British grand strategy , overlooked by those whose
This may not have mattered in the early , successful stages , but it did become
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weather and marauding Cossacks and to return to their own homes . 92 The
It is important to realize , however , that many of the data are very approximate ,
particularly for countries lacking an adequate bureaucracy ; that certain of the
calculations ( e . g . , shares of world manufacturing output ) are merely estimates
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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