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Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements Paperback – January 2, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0813343549 ISBN-10: 0813343542 Edition: 3rd

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; 3rd edition (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813343542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813343549
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,947,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"James DeFronzo provides an outstanding survey of twentieth-century revolutionary movements. This book broadly conceptualizes factors that led to these ruptures, and analyzes their significance and legacies. Its compelling interpretations make it an outstanding choice both for classes on modern revolutions as well as for general readers."
Marc Becker, Truman State University

"I know of no more lucid analysis of revolution’s role in remaking the modern world than James DeFronzo’s Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements. This clearly-written, well-researched, and completely updated fourth edition illuminates the diverse forces which have inspired and propelled revolution. By putting compelling portraits of specific revolutions into a global context, Professor DeFronzo helps college students and general readers alike anticipate revolutions to come and contemplate ways to deal with them. A comprehensive bibliography of print and other sources greatly enhances the value of this indispensable book."
P. Richard Bohr, College of St. Benedict’s and St. John’s University

"James DeFronzo has surpassed his previous high standards once again in this indispensable guide to revolutionary matters, past, present, and perhaps to come. This is a book that is aging well as it grows up in the 21st century, and its new chapter on the dramatic events unfolding in Venezuela and Bolivia will be much appreciated."
John Foran, University of California at Santa Barbara

"In Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements, James DeFronzo has provided an excellent overview of the complex subject of revolution in clear, concise language. In this fourth edition, he has added important material, including sections on Color Revolutions, Daniel Ortega and the FSLN Regain the Presidency, Developments [in Iran] After the Election of Obama, and more. There is also a whole new chapter on Revolution through Democracy. DeFronzo's Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements is an excellent resource not only for students, but for policymakers, journalists, and scholars as well."
Mark N. Katz, Professor of Government and Politics, George Mason University

"This smart, accessible, and compelling text is packed with information and provides one-stop shopping for those interested in the major revolutions and revolutionary movements of the last hundred years. DeFronzo captures the high points and the complexity that mark the revolutionary processes of the past hundred years--an excellent entry point in this fascinating field."
Eric Selbin, Professor of Political Science and University Scholar, Southwestern University
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With crucial insights and indispensable information concerning modern-day political upheavals, Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements provides a representative cross section of the most significant revolutions of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In this widely used text, students can trace the historical development of eleven revolutions using a five-factor analytical framework. Author James DeFronzo clearly explains all relevant concepts and events, the roles of key leaders, and the interrelation of each revolutionary movement with international economic and political developments and conflicts, including World Wars I and II, the Cold War, the War on Terror, and post Cold War contention among the U.S., the European Union, the Russian Federation and China. This revised and updated fifth edition includes a new chapter on the Arab Revolution from its beginning in December 2010 to the present. Multiple orienting maps, summary and analysis sections, and chronologies provide context for students, while suggested readings and documentary resources encourage further exploration.

"The strengths, in my view, stem from the clear chronological overview that Defronzo provides of revolutionary movements and also the theoretical analysis he provides at the beginning as to the key factors which often precipitate revolutionary upsurges. He synthesizes a lot of scholarship on the topic and makes it accessible to undergraduates."
Jeremy Kuzmarov, University of Tulsa

"The book’s strength lies in its sweeping historical survey of the most significant revolutions in the twentieth century. It is, by far, the most comprehensive in its coverage of cases and demonstrates the comparative method quite well."
Michael Cairo, Transylvania University

James DeFronzo is emeritus faculty of sociology at the University of Connecticut. His books include The Iraq War: Origins and Consequences (Westview Press) and the award-winning three-volume encyclopedia Revolutionary Movements in World History, now available in more than 60 nations on six continents around the globe. He also is the author of numerous articles on political sociology, revolutionary movements, criminology, and social policy related to crime.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 7, 2010
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There is no question but that this book would be an excellent undergraduate primer, but it is lacking in a number of substantive respects. The shortfalls first:

1. Needs to add understanding and summary of "secret war" and covert action dimensions underlying each revolution and its counter-revolution. Although there are some references, the reality about the CIA and others that comes out in books such as Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA or None So Blind: A Personal Account of the Intelligence Failure in Vietnam is simply not there. In this vein, the author focuses too much on world "permissiveness" for revolution as a factor, and not enough on the grave sorrows inflicted on humanity by US sponsorship of dictatorships (see Ambassador Mark Palmer's utterly sensational Breaking the Real Axis of Evil: How to Oust the World's Last Dictators by 2025. While the author does address CIA's role in subverting both Guatemala and Iran (and in Guatemala, of Che Guevara's being there to witness the illegal over-throw), generally this book lacks a system of systems approach to the raw disconnect between government and people across political-legal, socio-economic, ideo-cultural, techno-demographic, and natural-geographic factors.

2. Needs to add understanding and summary of the role of multinational corporations in both sponsoring and suppressing revolutions.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dufan on July 10, 2008
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I came across this book while browsing on amazon one day. Rented it from a local library. I've always been interested in history especially the USSR and the Bolshevik Revolution. I'm already well versed in the movements that occurred in Russia and the reasons behind it, but when it came to the other revolutionary movements discussed in this book; particularly Iran, Nicaragua, and South Africa I only had a brief idea of what happened and the key players.

The book is an easy read if you have an interest in the movements discussed. The author briefly discusses the geography of each country at the beginning of each chapter followed by statistics and a very brief history of the countries only getting in depth when discussing the build up and revolution happening in each country. The sources are cited in the readings and after each chapter allowing the read to explore the resources if wanting to learn more. With each important human figure information is given regarding the group they belong to and explored in concise informative paragraphs. No need to get bogged down in every little detail with this book.

Overall an excellent beginner's guide to some of the most important revolutionary movements in the past century, some movements were left out but from what I've read this book is mainly for his class he teaches which is understandable to leave some out. I have a firm grasp on the important history and background behind the countries discussed thanks to this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Read on December 4, 2012
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This book is a perfect complement to the new Oliver Stone series on untold history. It does something similar for the great revolutions. I noticed, for example, some similar points made about the Spanish Civil War and the Soviet Union before, during and after World War II. Like Stone's approach, this book not only reveals much that many Americans don't know, it also shows how many movements, conflicts, and personalities affect one another internationally. It also covers Islamic fundamentalism (Al Qaeda, Hamas, Taliban. If you like discovering new things about history, check out this great book.
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By Jen on January 11, 2014
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I had to buy this book for school and really enjoyed reading it. It is very interesting to look at the differences and similarities between these movements. Each of the movements is written in great detail and very easy to understand and analyze.
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