Anatomies of Revolution

Anatomies of Revolution

by George Lawson

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108587808
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/25/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

George Lawson is Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His books include: Global Historical Sociology, co-edited with Julian Go (Cambridge, 2017); The Global Transformation: History, Modernity and the Making of International Relations, co-authored with Barry Buzan (Cambridge, 2015); and Negotiated Revolutions: The Czech Republic, South Africa and Chile (2005).

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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