'With lucidity and care, Skocpol has laid out a challenging comparison of three great revolutions ... Here is a book worth studying, refuting, testing, elaborating, and emulating.' Charles Tilly
'I am convinced that States and Social Revolutions will be considered a landmark in the study of the sources of revolution.' Lewis A. Coser, The New York Times Book Review
Why have social revolutions occurred in some countries but not in others? How and why have prerevolutionary regimes come into crisis? This study offers important new theoretical strategies within a comparative historical analysis of the causes and outcomes of three major cases.