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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It was a dreadfully difficult , perhaps impossible country for any of its rivals to
conquer — at least from the west ; and its status as a " gunpowder empire "
enabled it to defeat the horsed tribes of the east , and thus to acquire additional
This seems , perhaps , too harsh a judgment in the light of Prussia ' s various
strengths : its educational system , from the parish schools to the universities ,
was second to none in Europe ; its administrative system was reasonably efficient
; and ...
What was perhaps even more significant was the extent to which Russian
industrialization , despite some indigenous entrepreneurs , was carried out by
foreigners - a successful international firm like Singer , for example , or the large
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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