This book reinterprets the last five centuries of European history, a period characterised by war, revolt and contention, by the rise and struggles of states and empires, and by urbanization, enrichment and industrialization. His focus is on revolutions, their origins in ambition and discontent, and the variability of their outcomes over time and according to place, politics and culture. He seeks an understanding of revolutionary processes grounded in the contingencies of circumstance, and to show the pace of great revolutions in the long-term history of Europe and the world at large.
About the Author
Charles Tilly is University Distinguished Professor atthe New School for Social Research in New York, where he directsthe Center fro Studies of Social Change. His work focuses on socialchange and collective action, especially in Western Europe since1500. His recent books include Coercion, Capital, and EuropeanStates (Blackwell, 1989; second paperback edition, 1992),Cities and the Rise of States in Europe, AD 100-1800 (1994)and Popular Contention in Great Britain, 1758-1834 (1995).He is currently researching work and labour markets, the origins ofdurable inequality, and the emergence of mass national politics inFrance and Britain.
Table of Contents
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
Series Editor's Preface.
Map 1. Europe in 1519.
Map 2. Europe in 1992..
1. Conflict, Revolt and Revolution.
2. Transformations of Europe.
Change since 1492.
From Segmented to Consolidated States.
Types of Revolutionary Situation.
Consolidation, Nationalism and Revolution.
Collective Action Contention and Revolution..
3. Revolutions, Rebellions and Civil Wars in the LowCountries and Elsewhere.
The Low Countries, Home of Bourgeois Revolution.
Political Struggle in the Netherlands.
From the Southern Netherlands to Belgium.
The Bellicose Dutch.
Assaying the Low Countries' Revolutions.
The Balkans and Hungary.
Comparisons, Connections, Conclusions..
4. The British Isles.
Britain Encounters Revolution.
Struggles for Control.
Eleven Revolutionary Decades.
Revolution's Dulled Edge..
5. Franc and Other Frances.
Bretons vs. Frenchmen.
Protestants against Catholics.
War, Taxes and Revolutionary Situations.
Civil War and Repression.
A Consolidating State.
Resistance, Counter-revolution and Terror.
Fifteen-to Twenty-year Regimes.
The Long Run of Revolution..
6. Russia and its Neighbours.
Russian, Polish-Lithuanian and Tatar States.
War and Rebellion, Rebellion and war.
Prospects of Revolution.
The 1905 Revolution.
Two More Revolutions.
Consolidation and Collapse..
7. Revolutions Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.
Back to Eastern Europe.
Rules of Revolution?.
Five Centuries of Revolution.