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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Furthermore, every war against the maritime powers involved a certain division of
French energies and attention from the continent, and thus made a successful
land campaign less likely. Torn between fighting in Flanders, Germany, and ...
This British advantage of location was described nearly a century ago in Mahan's
classic work The Influence of Sea Power upon History (1890): ... if a nation be so
situated that it is neither forced to defend itself by land nor induced to seek ...
The balance of power was secure on land, while at sea Britain was unchallenged
. Small wonder that the Whigs, who returned to office on George I's accession in
1714, were soon anxious to preserve the Utrecht settlement and were even ...
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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