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Rise and Fall of Great Powers Essay

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The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
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The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers |
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Author | Paul Kennedy |
Country | United States |
Language | English |
Genre | Economics, History |
Publisher | Random House |
Publication date | 1987 |
Media type | Print (hardcover) |
Pages | 677 |
ISBN | 0-394-54674-1 |
OCLC | 15594794 |
Dewey Decimal | 909.82 19 |
LC Class | D210 .K46 1987 |
The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict From 1500 to 2000, by Paul Kennedy, first published in 1987, explores the politics and economics of the Great Powers from 1500 to 1980 and the reason for their decline. It then continues by forecasting the positions of China, Japan, the European Economic Community (EEC), the Soviet Union and the United States through the end of the 20th century.[1]
Contents
  * 1 Summary
      * 1.1 Early modern era
      * 1.2 European imperialism
      * 1.3 Industrial Revolution
      * 1.4 20th century
      * 1.5 On the United States
  * 2 Table of contents
      * 2.1 Maps, tables and charts
  * 3 Publication data
  * 4 See also
  * 5 References
  * 6 External links
Summary
Kennedy argues that the strength of a Great Power can be properly measured only relative to other powers, and he provides a straightforward and persuasively argued thesis: Great Power ascendancy (over the long term or in specific conflicts) correlates strongly to available resources and economic durability; military overstretch and a concomitant relative decline are the consistent threat facing powers whose ambitions and security requirements are greater than their resource base can provide for (summarized on pages 438–9).
Throughout the book he reiterates his early statement (page 71): "Military and naval endeavors may not always have been the raison d'être of the new nations-states, but it certainly was their most expensive and pressing activity", and it remains such until the power's decline. He...

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