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 is interesting to note that the run of early Habsburg victories in Europe and the
successful defense of the Americas in this period largely coincided with — and
was aided by — significant increases in bullion deliveries from the New World .
In the period before the 1840s and despite the many defects listed above ,
Russia ' s army could occasionally be a formidable offensive force . So much (
perhaps three - quarters ) of the state ' s finances were devoted to the military and
To a large degree , the outcome of the great coalition wars of the period 1500 –
1945 confirms the shifts which have been taking place , over a longer period , at
the economic level . The new territorial order established at the end of each war ...
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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