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 alliance treaty that Italy signed in 1882 with Berlin was comforting at first ,
particularly when Bismarck seemed to paralyze the French ; but even then the
Italian government kept pressing for closer ties with Britain , which alone could ...
The final element which seemed to emphasize that the world must now be
viewed , strategically and politically , as bipolar rather than in its traditional
multipolar form was the heightened role of ideology . To be sure , even in the age
of classical ...
None of this restrained France from quite unilateral actions when the occasion
seemed to merit it . The fact that all four of these larger European states grew in
wealth and output during these decades , together with their smaller neighbors ...
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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