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The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

Paul Kennedy



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15 March 1989
WINNER OF THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE Paul Kennedy's international bestseller is a sweeping account of five hundred years of fluctuating economic muscle and military might.

Kennedy's masterwork begins in the year 1500, at a time of various great centres of power including Minh China, the Ottomans, the rising Mughal state, the nations of Europe. But it was the latter which, through competition, economic growth and better military organisation, came to dominate the globe - until challenged later by Japan, the Soviet Union, and the United States. Now China, boosted by its own economic prowess, rises to the fore. Throughout this brilliant work, Kennedy persuasively demonstrates the interdependence of economic and military power, showing how an imbalance between the two has historically led to spectacular political disaster.

Erudite and brilliantly original, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the politics of power.
By:   Paul Kennedy
Imprint:   Fontana
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 57mm
Weight:   630g
ISBN:   9780006860525
ISBN 10:   0006860524
Pages:   928
Publication Date:   15 March 1989
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul Kennedy is Professor of History and Director of International Security Studies at Yale University and author of the international best-sellers, 'The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers' and Preparing for the Twenty-First Century'.

Reviews for The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

Kennedy's intelligent approach to his broad subject matter will appeal to both the layman and those with a hand in our future. In this globally acclaimed bestseller, the author explores five centuries of empire-building and empire collapse, examining military conflict in the context of economic change. His arguments have provoked great debate and make this coherent volume both thought-provoking and readable. (Kirkus UK)

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