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

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Vintage Books, 1989 - Business & Economics - 677 pages
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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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Excellent book with some great historical insights, - Goodreads
A great book, a IR studies' reference. - Goodreads
Good overview of the history of empires. - Goodreads
great overview of world history - Goodreads
The prose also goes a bit flat later on. - Goodreads
Since it is a sweeping overview, don't ex - Goodreads

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The first part was absolutely fascinating but once we got to the build up of WWI I found there was little to add. The author's thesis didn't change (a good thing academically but doesn't make for an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jay Atwood - Goodreads

A truly astounding work. Completely apolitical in approach, it analyzes why Great Powers rose and fell over the past 500 years before dissecting current world powers and the forces (both internal and ... Read full review

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Paul Kennedy is the author or editor of thirteen books, including "Preparing for the Twenty-first Century" and T"he 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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