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Description - The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780006860525
ISBN-10: 0006860524
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 57mm)
Pages: 928
Imprint: William Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 15-Mar-1989
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy studied at the universities of Newcastle and Oxford and is now professor of history at Yale. His other books include The Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery and Preparing for the Twenty-first Century.

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