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The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500-2000 Paperback – 10 Aug 2017

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  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins; New Ed edition (10 Aug. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006860524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006860525
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 5.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A brilliantly original book…It is intended for the intelligent layman as well as the academic historian, combining in Toynbee-esque manner the sweeping conception with careful attention to historical detail’ Financial Times

‘This book is falling out of briefcases all over Washington DC, both because it looks and sounds erudite and because it purports to answer an increasingly common question: Has the United States already embarked on its journey into the sunset of empire? It is administering a lot of frissons to trend-watchers’ Christopher Hitchens

‘Outstanding…He ranges across five centuries and around the whole world. He seems to have read every relevant book in every possible language. And he has produced a general argument so deceptively simple that no politician, however busy, should ignore or misunderstand itObserver

One of the masterpieces of modern historical writingDaily Telegraph

‘A masterpiece of exposition. It is erudite and elegantly writtenNew Society

‘A remarkable book…long, clever, often funny, and crammed with remarkable insights; it is tinged with the genius that unravels complexityEvening Standard

‘Shows a master historian’s ability to use evidence like a boxing champion’s uppercut’ TES

‘One of those rare (and irresistible) books which successfully combine the scope and sweep of ‘popular’ history with the discriminating rigour of professional historiography, making it both a bloody good read and a thought-provoking oneListener

About the Author

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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