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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joyed two decades of diplomatic success ; but then the very hubris of French
claims alarmed the other powers . ... a certain division of French energies and
attention from the continent , and thus made a successful land campaign less
Each success has beneficially interacted with the others , to produce a rate of
economic expansion which has far eclipsed that of the traditional western powers
as well as that of Comecon — in recent years . In 1960 , for example , the ...
The reasons for Japan ' s phenomenal economic success have already been
discussed ( see above , pp . 416 – 18 ) . For over forty years the Japanese
homeland has been protected by American nuclear and conventional forces ,
and its sea ...
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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