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 two great German powers of this period — the Habsburg Empire and
Brandenburg - Prussia — were also destined by their geographical position to
grapple with the same problem . To the Austrian Habsburgs , this was nothing
To suggest , on the one hand , that Britain ' s global position around 1900 was as
weakened as it was to be in the late 1930s , and to argue , on the other , that
there had been " a tremendous expansion of British power " prior to 1914 ,
189 The overall result was to leave the two major combatants in the position of
being unable to damage the other decisively . If the Battle of Britain had rendered
impossible a German cross - Channel invasion , the imbalance of land forces ...
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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