Anatomies of Revolution

Author: George Lawson, London School of Economics and Political Science

Anatomies of Revolution

Anatomies of Revolution

Recent years have seen renewed interest in the study of revolution. Spurred by events like the 2011 uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, the rise of Islamic State, and the emergence of populism, a new age of revolution has generated considerable interest. Yet, even as empirical studies of revolutions are thriving, there has been a stall in theories of revolution. Anatomies of Revolution offers a novel account of how revolutions begin, unfold and end. By combining insights from international relations, sociology, and global history, it outlines the benefits of a ‘global historical sociology’ of revolutionary change, one in which international processes take centre stage. Featuring a wide range of cases from across modern world history, this is a comprehensive account of one of the world’s most important processes. It will interest students and scholars studying revolutions, political conflict and contentious politics in sociology, politics and international relations.

  • Offers an account that links past and present revolutions from around the world
  • Provides a new synthesis that brings together both practices, for example revolutions, counter-revolution, civil wars and contentious politics, and scholarship, previously seen as distinct, in one cohesive volume
  • Overcomes binaries between international and domestic in work on revolutions by developing an ‘inter-social’ account of revolutionary change

Table of Contents

Introduction: the rights and wrongs of revolution
Part I. Theories:
1. Revolutionary dynamics
2. Within and beyond the fourth generation
3. Anatomies of revolution

Part II. Histories:
4. Revolutionary situations: England and Chile
5. Revolutionary trajectories: Cuba and South Africa
6. Revolutionary outcomes: Iran and Ukraine

Part III. Prospects:
7. Revolutions in the contemporary world
8. Revolutionary futures.

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