The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000

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by Paul M. Kennedy
     
 
About national and international power in the "modern" or Post Renaissance period. Explains how the various powers have risen and fallen over the 5 centuries since the formation of the "new monarchies" in W. Europe.

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About national and international power in the "modern" or Post Renaissance period. Explains how the various powers have risen and fallen over the 5 centuries since the formation of the "new monarchies" in W. Europe.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Kennedy, a history professor at Yale, here assesses the interaction between economics and strategy over the past five centuries,'' reported PW , concluding that ``the book is a vigorous entry in the debate over the extent to which national wealth should be used for military purposes.'' (Jan.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
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 power status is devolving again upon the extra-European states. Stressing the interrelationships among economic wealth, technological innovation, and the ability of states efficiently to tap their resources for prolonged military preparedness and warmaking, he notes that those states with the relatively greater ability to maintain a balance of military and economic strength assumed the lead. Kennedy never reduces the analysis to crude materialism or empty tautology. Stimulating, erudite, carefully crafted, and readable; for public and academic libraries. James B. Street, Santa Cruz P.L., Cal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394546742
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/12/1987
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.60(d)

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