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Revolutions: A Very Short Introduction

Jack A. Goldstone

26 December 2013

ISBN: 9780199858507

168 pages

In Stock

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



Revolutions have shaped world politics for the last three hundred years. This volume shows why revolutions occur, how they unfold, and where they created democracies and dictatorships. Jack A. Goldstone presents the history of revolutions from America and France to the collapse of the Soviet Union, 'People Power' revolutions, and the Arab revolts.

  • Expansive historical range, from ancient Greece and Rome to the revolutions in the Arab world in 2011
  • First synthesis of structural and cultural approaches to revolution studies
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introduction series - over six million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Jack A. Goldstone, Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Jr. Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Center for Global Policy, George Mason University, US

Jack Goldstone is Virginia E. and John T. Hazel, Jr. Professor of Public Policy and Eminent Scholar, School of Public Policy, at George Mason University. He is the author of Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World.

Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Chapter 1: Revolutions and insurgencies - a brief history
    Chapter 2: Types of revolutions and their causes
    Chapter 3: Radical social revolutions: France, Russia, China
    Chapter 4: Revolutions for independence: The Americas, India, Algeria
    Chapter 5: Revolutions against dictators: Mexico, Cuba, Iran
    Chapter 6: Color revolutions: Czechoslovakia, Ukraine, Georgia
    Chapter 7: Who makes revolutions?
    Chapter 8: Insurgency and counter-insurgency: Iraq and Afghanistan
    Chapter 9: Revolutionary outcomes: Dictatorship or democracy?
    Chapter 10: The future of revolution: The end of history?
    Further reading

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