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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... meant that London paid dearly for these strategical diversions : 40 , 000 men
were killed , another 40 , 000 rendered unfit for service - more than all the
casualties in the Spanish Peninsular Warand the campaigns cost at least £16
Palmerston ' s denunciations of the Prussian army ' s move into Schleswig -
Holstein in 1848 was the least worrying . Much more disturbing was the potential
French threat to the Rhineland , in 1830 , again in 1840 , and finally in the 1860s .
As things are at present , the devastation of the PRC would be immense ; but
Moscow cannot exclude the possibility that at least a certain number ( and , the
1990s , a larger number ) of Chinese nuclear missiles would hit the Soviet Union
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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