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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66 When the Anglo - French assault on the Crimea brought the war to a highly
sensitive region of Russian territory , the armed forces of the czar were incapable
of repudiating such an invasion . At sea , Russia possessed a fair - sized navy ...
... while neither side possessed much of a navy at the outset of the conflict , the
South was disadvantaged by having no machine shop which could build marine
engines , whereas the North possessed several dozen such establishments .
In 1870 , the German states combined already possessed a larger population
than France , and only disunity had disguised that fact . Germany had more miles
of railway lines , better arranged for military purposes . Its gross national product
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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