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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Review: The Rise & Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change & Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000User Review - Jeroen - Goodreads
All time favorite since my student days. Highly readable and well researched, I still refer to it. Read full review
Review: The Rise & Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change & Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000User Review - Shankar Rajesh - Goodreads
One of the earliest works I read on why Emoires rise and why / how they fall. Strategic overreach and debt have been the harbingers of doom for many an Empire. The case of the Hapsburgs immediately ... Read full review