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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In these circumstances , Italy ' s rise in population without significant industrial
expansion was a mixed blessing , since it slowed its industrial growth in per
capita terms relative to the other western Powers , 29 and the comparison would
It was the erosion of Britain ' s industrial and commercial preeminence , upon
which , in the last resort , its naval , military , and imperial strength rested .
Established British industries such as coal , textiles , and ironware increased their
output in ...
134 The same remarks might be made about the enormous Soviet steel industry ,
much of the output of which seems to be wasted - causing some scholars to
marvel at the " paradox of industrial plenty in the midst of consumer poverty .
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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