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 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
The result , after initial difficulties , was “ a minor economic miracle ” 53 so far as
heavy industry was concerned , with output nearly doubling between 1945 and
1950 . Obsessed by the need to rebuild the sinews of national power , the
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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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