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Revolutions: Theoretical, Comparative, and Historical Studies [Paperback]

Jack A. Goldstone
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July 9, 2002 015506679X 978-0155066793 3
From the American Revolution to the conflicts in Afghanistan, revolutions have played a critical role in the course of history. Insight into the causes of revolutions and the factors that shape their outcomes is critical to understanding politics and world history-and REVOLUTIONS is a reader designed to address this need. Part One offers a combination of classic treatises and late-breaking scholarship that develops students' theoretical understanding of revolutionary movements. Part Two shows students how these theories play out in real life through rich, accessible accounts of major revolutionary episodes in modern history.

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Preface. Introduction: The Comparative and Historical Study of Revolutions. Part I: THEORIES OF REVOLUTION. 1. Classic Approaches. Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. The French Revolution and the Growth of the State by Alexis de Tocqueville. Charismatic Leaders versus Bureaucracy by Max Weber. 2. The Debate on Modernization. Revolution and Political Order by Samuel P. Huntington. Does Modernization Breed Revolution? by Charles Tilly. 3. The Origins of Revolutions. Peasants and Revolutions by Eric R. Wolf. Revolutions: A Structural Analysis by Theda Skocpol and Ellen Kay Trimberger. Revolutions in Modern Dictatorships by Jack A. Goldstone. Agency and Culture in Revolutions by Eric Selbin. 4. The Outcomes of Revolutions. Revolution and the Rebirth of Inequality: Stratification in Postrevolutionary Society by Jonathan Kelley and Herbert S. Klein. Gender Outcomes in Revolutions by Valentine M. Moghadam. Dictatorship or Democracy: Outcomes of Revolution in Iran and Nicaragua by John Foran and Jeff Goodwin. The Impact of Revolutions on Social Welfare in Latin America by Susan Eckstein. Counter-Revolution by Fred Halliday. Revolution and War by Stephen Walt. Revolution and Revolutionary Waves by Mark Katz. Part II: COMPARATIVE AND HISTORICAL STUDIES OF REVOLUTION. 5. Republican Revolutions. The English Revolution: A Structural-Demographic Approach by Jack A. Goldstone. The French Revolution: The Abolition of Feudalism by John Markoff. The American Revolution: The Radicalism of Revolution by Gordon Wood. 6. Marxist Revolutions. The Russian Revolution of 1917: Autocracy and Modernization by Timothy McDaniel. The Chinese Communist Revolution by Mark Selden. The Cuban Revolution by Thomas M. Leonard. 7. Revolutions Against Dictatorships. The Mexican Revolution by Walter L. Goldfrank. The Nicaraguan Revolution by Thomas W. Walker. The Iranian Revolution by Jerrold D. Green. The Philippines "People Power" Revolution by Richard J. Kessler. 8. Revolutions Against Communism. The East European Revolutions of 1989 by Jeff Goodwin. Revolution in the U.S.S.R., 1989-1991 by Jack A. Goldstone. The Chinese Student Revolt in China (Tiananmen), 1989 by Martin King Whyte. 9. Guerrilla and Ethnic Revolts. A Comparative Sociology of Latin American Guerrilla Movements by Timothy Wickham-Crowley. South Africa: The Struggle Against Apartheid by Gay Seidman. The Palestinian 'Intifada' Revolt by Glenn E. Robinson. The Afghanistan Revolutionary Wars by Anwar-ul-haq Ahady. A Brief Guide to Further Reading. Bibliography. Copyrights and Acknowledgements. Index.

About the Author

Jack A. Goldstone is Professor of Sociology and International Relations at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of the prize-winning REVOLUTION AND REBELLION IN THE EARLY MODERN WORLD (California 1981), and editor of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF POLITICAL REVOLUTIONS (Congressional Quarterly 1998), and REVOLUTIONS OF THE LATE TWENTIETH CENTURY (Westview 1991). He has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and held Fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He is working on a monograph--REVOLUTIONS, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, AND SOCIAL CHANGE--forthcoming from Harvard University Press.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 3 edition (July 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015506679X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0155066793
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful October 24, 2008
A must have book for understanding the revolutionary waves of the past and what is going on in the world today. An amazing collection of revolutionary theory and movements. I only wish there would be a newer edition and include more information on women's role in revolutions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer for any student of social revolutions December 30, 2009
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The following is a book report I wrote for a course in Revolutions - it has not been edited and may appear a bit impersonal :)

Jack A. Goldstone's Revolutions: Theoretical, Comparative, and Historical Studies is an extraordinary presentation of revolutionary theory and historical application. It presents both a successive, almost evolutionary evaluation of revolutionary theory as well as scholarly debates between competing theories that aids in constructive reconciliation between said theories as well as in understanding the breadth and significance of differing viewpoints. This is particularly true with the presentation of case studies which ultimately reveal the significance of certain theories, depending on the conditions specific to each revolution. However, such variations do not undermine Goldstone's work; in fact, they support one of his early assessments of structural theories.

Within the introductory essay, "The Comparative and Historical Study of Revolutions," Goldstone asserts that, since the Russian Revolution of 1917-1921, comparative studies of revolutions have gone through "three generations of scholarship: the natural histories of the 1920s and 1930s, the general theories of political violence of the 1960s and 1970s, and the structural theories of the 1970s and 1980s."(1) This summation is intended to explain the dominant trends of scholarship and it succeeds in providing a framework of consideration that the rest of Revolutions: Theoretical, Comparative, and Historical Studies may be evaluated from.

Goldstone explains that the natural history of revolutions was an overarching attempt to understand common patterns between major Western revolutions up to that time.
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