Book Review: The Rise and Fall of NationsOct 30, ISBN A short history of nearly everything classical. The foundations of the modern world were laid in Alexandria of Egypt at the turn of the first millennium. Famous for its lighthouse, its library-the greatest in antiquity-and its fertile intellectual and spiritual life—it was here that Christianity and Islam came to prominence as world religions—Alexandria now takes its rightful place alongside Greece and Rome as a titan of the ancient world. Sparkling with fresh insights on science, philosophy, culture, and invention, this is an irresistible, eye- opening delight. He is currently… More about Justin Pollard.
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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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