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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... given its turn-of-the-century rapprochement with Great Britain, the United
States was immensely secure, and even if it feared the rise of German sea power,
it really had far less to worry about than any of the other major powers.171 The
devaluation of the franc when all of the other major trading countries had gone "
off' gold meant that French exports became less and less competitive, and its
foreign trade collapsed: "imports went down by 60 percent and exports by 70
Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000 Paul M. Kennedy.
United States), British R&D is both much less related to industry's needs and
much less paid for by industry itself. The large proportion devoted to defense-
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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