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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The French navy was steadily built up , despite the pressing need to economize ;
and the " family compact " with Spain was deepened . It is true that Louis XV
frowned upon Choiseul ' s strong encouragement of Spain against Britain in the ...
Of the two services , the navy got the most , since it was the front line of the nation
' s defenses in the event of a foreign attack ( or a challenge to the Monroe
Doctrine ) and also the most useful instrument to support American diplomacy
Finally , the country also possessed the world ' s third - largest merchant marine ,
although ( curiously ) the navy itself virtually neglected antisubmarine warfare .
62 Because of conscription , the Japanese army had ready access to manpower
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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