The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 27, 2010 - History - 704 pages
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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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I read this book many years ago when I was in grad school - early 90s - and I thought back on this book so often, especially during the Bush Era. Now I say to myself, how prescient this man was, for we as a country are marching lock-step towards relative decline per Kennedy's central thesis, that military overstretch contributes mightily to depleting your economy, and puts you on the path of decline; forcing you to become indebted to others. 

Contents

Introduction
STRATEGY ECONOMICSIN THEPREINDUSTRIALWORLD
1The Rise of the Western World
2The Habsburg Bid for Mastery 15191659
3Finance Geography and the Winning of Wars 16601815
STRATEGY ECONOMICSIN THEINDUSTRIAL ERA
4Industrialization and the Shifting Global Balances 18151885
Part One 18851918
The Changing Economic Balances 1950 to 1980
8To the Twentyfirst Century
The Soviet Union and Its Contradictions
The Problem of Number One in Relative Decline
Epilogue
Notes
Part One 18851918
Part Two 19191942

Alliances and the Drift to War 18901914
Total War and the Power Balances 19141918
Part Two 19191942
STRATEGY ECONOMICSTODAY TOMORROW
7Stability and Change in a Bipolar World 19431980
The Fissuring of the Bipolar World
CHAPTER SEVENStability and Change in a Bipolar World 19431980
CHAPTER EIGHTTo the Twentyfirst Century
EPILOGUE
Bibliography
ALSO BY PAUL KENNEDY
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Paul Kennedy is the author or editor of thirteen books, including Preparing for the Twenty-first Century and The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, which has been translated into more than twenty languages. He serves on the editorial board of numerous scholarly journals and has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and several other publications. Educated at Newcastle University and Oxford University, he is a former fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University and of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung in Bonn.


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