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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And yet the process of rise and fall among the Great Powers - of differentials in
growth rates and technological change , leading to shifts in the global economic
balances , which in turn gradually impinge upon the political and military
... and fluctuating exchange rates ( especially after the post - 1971 decisions to
abandon a gold - exchange standard and to ... floating exchange rates ) have all
combined to cast doubt upon the correctness of any one series of economic data
From the reduction in the country ' s birthrate to the incredible increase in the
death rates beyond all reasonable past projections ; from the decrease in the
supply of new entrants to the labor force , compounded by its unequal regional ...
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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