Debating Revolutions / Edition 1

Debating Revolutions / Edition 1

by Nikki R. Keddie
     
 

Throughout history, and especially in this century, revolutions have played a central role in human history. Yet, as both the Iranian revolution of 1978-79 and the revolutions of 1989 in Eastern Europe made clear, revolutions are rarely predictable nor attributable to a single cause.

Debating Revolutions brings together some of our best social and

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Overview

Throughout history, and especially in this century, revolutions have played a central role in human history. Yet, as both the Iranian revolution of 1978-79 and the revolutions of 1989 in Eastern Europe made clear, revolutions are rarely predictable nor attributable to a single cause.

Debating Revolutions brings together some of our best social and political thinkers to address two central questions of revolution: Can they be predicted? And what are their causes? In the debating style of Contention, the award-winning journal from which the essays are culled, the contributors—among them Charles Tilly, Jack A. Goldstone, Edward Berenson, Said Amir Arjomand, and Daniel Chirot—focus on the Iranian, Eastern European, and French revolutions, and on the theoretical and comparative aspects of revolutionary study. Unlike most anthologies, Debating Revolutions has a format that enables scholars to engage one another in discussion, thus resolving many disputes and addressing dilemmas, rather than merely outlining differences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814746578
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Can Revolutions Be Predicted; Can Their Causes Be Understood?3
Why Revolutions Are Better Understood Than Predicted: The Essential Role of Preference Falsification: Comment on Keddie27
Response to Kuran36
Predicting Revolutions: Why We Could (and Should) Have Foreseen the Revolutions of 1989-1991 in the U.S.S.R. and Eastern Europe39
Response to Goldstone65
Reply to Keddie77
The Social Interpretation of the French Revolution85
Revolutionizing Theory/Theorizing Revolutions: State, Culture, and Society in Recent Works on Revolution112
The Bourgeois Gentilshommes of Revolutionary Theory136
Plea for an Alternative View of Revolution142
Bringing Culture Back In and Other Caveats: A Critique of Jack Goldstone's Recent Essays on Revolution155
Analyzing Revolutions and Rebellions: A Reply to the Critics178
The World Is Round and Wavy: Demographic Cycles and Structural Analysis in the World System200
What Was Socialism and Why Did It Fall?221
Not the Juice But the Juicer: On No-Longer Existing Socialism and Lemonade244
After Socialism, What? The Global Implications of the Revolutions of 1989 in Eastern Europe254
A Singular Collapse: The Soviet Union, Market Pressure and Inter-State Competition275
The Islamic Revolution that Overthrew the Soviet State296
Contributors315

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