overtheroadtruckersdispatch.com: Customer reviews: Downfall And Rise (Challenger's Call Book 1)The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from to , by Paul Kennedy , first published in , explores the politics and economics of the Great Powers from to and the reason for their decline. 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 threats facing powers whose ambitions and security requirements are greater than their resource base can provide for. He concludes that declining countries can experience greater difficulties in balancing their preferences for guns, butter and investments. The book starts at the dividing line between the Renaissance and early modern history — Chapter 1. It briefly discusses the Ming page 4 and Muslim worlds page 9 of the time and the rise of the western powers relative to them page
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