The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000
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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... quick- firing guns, steam propulsion, and armored warships really became
decisive indicators of military strength. ... and industrial development were
steadily having an impact, on land and at sea, and also affecting the relative
strengths of ...
strength was actually decreasing relative to Germany's. Between 1900 and 1913,
for example, its own steel production rose from 2.2 to 4.8 million tons, but
Germany's leaped forward from 6.3 to 17.6 million tons. In the same way, the
... from the five largest concentrations of strength to many more nations; but that
will be a gradual process, and no other state is likely to join the present "
pentarchy" of the United States, the USSR, China, Japan, and the EEC in the
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The internal political system of the United states, or of any other nation for that matter, is of little consequence to Paul Kennedy in his treatment of WWI. The rise and fall of the Great Powers with ... Read full review
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WINNER OF THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE Paul Kennedy's international bestseller is a sweeping account of five hundred years of fluctuating economic muscle and military might. Kennedy's masterwork begins ... Read full review