Reinterpreting Revolution In Twentieth Century Europe

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In this volume, leading specialists from a variety of disciplines examine the changing and conflicted meanings of revolution in modern and contemporary Europe. The opening and closing contributions provide overviews on the nature of revolutionary change, on the legacy of the 19th century for the 20th, and on the place of 20th century Europe in a global context of revolution. Other essays provide a series of case studies of radical political change. The intention is to take a fresh look at the apparently familiar, to rediscover the forgotten and to test the boundaries of what revolution was in the 20th century.

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Editorial Reviews

The term "revolution" is the focus of this group of studies that attempt to define the term, both as a 19th-century and a 20th-century phenomenon, and the characteristics of its occurrence in a variety of 20th-century contexts, including: Russia in 1905, a comparison of Russia in 1917 and in 1991, the age of Stalin as one of revolution, nazism as a revolution, the end of the German Democratic Republic, and the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe. Donald and Rees both teach history at the U. of Exeter, England; the contributors are academics in history, sociology, and politics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312236236
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Series: Themes in Focus
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Moira Donald is Senior Lecturer in History and Tim Rees is Lecturer in History, both at the University of Exeter.

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Table of Contents

The Dynamics and Meaning of Revolution in Twentieth Century Europe--Tim Rees with Moira Donald
• Chasing Rainbows: The Nineteenth Century Revolutionary Legacy--Pamela Pilbeam
• Russia 1905: The Forgotten Revolution--Moira Donald
• The Parting of the Ways: Comparing the Russian Revolutions of 1917 and 1991--Edward Acton
• Stalin's Great Turn: A Revolution without Footsoldiers?--Catherine Merridale
• The Nazi Revolution--Jeremy Noakes
• Battleground of the Revolutionaries: The Republic and the Civil War in Spain, 1931-1939--Tim Rees
• Yet Another Failed German Revolution? The German Democratic Republic 1989-90--Jonathan Osmond
• The Age of Paradox: The Anti-Revolutionary Revolutions of 1989-91--Richard Sakwa
• The Revolutionary Idea in the Twentieth Century World--Krishan Kumar

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