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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The stupendous decline in manufacturing — down to 13 percent of its 1913
output by 1920 — concealed the even greater collapse of certain key
commodities: "thus only 1.6 percent of the prewar iron ore was being produced,
2.4 percent of ...
The resulting upturn in manufacturing output and national income — even if one
accepts the more cautious estimates — was something unprecedented in the
history of industrialization. Because the actual volume and value of output in
That situation would alter, against the United States, with Europe's and Japan's
recovery of prewar level of output; and it would alter still further with the general
expansion of world manufacturing production (which rose more than threefold ...
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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