What makes a 'great power?'Author of ‘The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers’ and Professor at Yale University
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The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
How have the USA, China, Russia, and the UK risen to become the great powers that they are today? How have they changed the world? And what has led to some of their declines?
World-renowned scholar Paul Kennedy says the answers to these questions can be found in the past five hundred years of world history. In this lecture, he reviews the rise and fall of the great powers by time period, the strategies that grew their power and maintained that status, and the characteristics of power within these systems. He also analyzes the new power structure in the 21st century, the roles of the medium powers in it, and the need for a new system to respond to non-conventional security threats, such as pandemics and environmental degradation.
With a unique perspective and profound insights, Paul Kennedy forecast the fall of the Soviet Union, the decline of the USA, and China's rise thirty years ago. As long as nations exist, the power structure will remain regardless of whether or not the nations at the top change. GREAT MINDS' “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers” will give us the historical knowledge of how powerful nations emerge and a deep understanding of international relations and the power structures that exist in our world.
Professor at Yale University Founding Director of International Security Studies at Yale University Hattendorf Prize from the US Naval War College, 2014 Wolfson Prize from the Wolfson Foundation, 1989 Top 100 Public Intellectuals according to Foreign Policy (2005)
Paul Kennedy is a British historian who majored in military history. Since 1983, he has lectured at Yale University for nearly four decades.
Researching great European powers from the 16th to 20th century, he discovered that the rise and fall of the great powers were determined by the balance of military strength. With this understanding, he predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union, the decline of the USA, and the rise of China in the 21st century.
His book, “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers,” earned him the Wolfson Prize, called the "Nobel Prize in History". He was selected as one of the Top 100 Public Intellectuals by Foreign Policy in 2005 and is a member of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the British Academy, and the Founding Director of International Security Studies at Yale University.
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