The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000

by Paul M. Kennedy

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

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The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
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Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000
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Surveys global politics over the past five hundred years and discusses current problems facing the major powers

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The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, by Yale history professor Paul Kennedy, is the textbook of imperial overreach. One by one, we watch the rise and fall of the Spanish, Napoleonic and British empires. Then, we move on to the Nazis and the Imperial Japanese. The leaders always make the same mistake. Hitler can't stop after conquering France and Western Europe — he has to go and invade Russia. Imperial Japan, unsatisfied with its conquests in China, decides to pick a

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