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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ment had long known how to exploit its credit in the banking and stock markets.
But developments in the financial realm by the mid-nineteenth century were both
qualitatively and quantitatively different from what had gone before. At first sight, it
War Expenditure and Total Mobilized Forces, 1914-1919"' ment at how well
provisioned were the Allied units which they overran in the spring of that year
was an indication of the imbalance of production.236 While it would be quite
ment's books, keeping taxes to a minimum, and controlling state spending. Even
when the Manchurian crisis caused the government in 1932 to give up the
famous Ten-Year Rule,* the Treasury was swift to insist that "this must not be
taken to ...
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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