Revolution and state breakdowns are the focus of this important new book that analyzes the most prominent theories of revolution and points to future directions. Covers famous revolutions from history (France, China, Russia) and those in the developing world in addressing such key questions as "why are revolutions so rare?" Revolutions also looks at the state breakdowns in Eastern Europe after 1989, the usual outcomes of revolutions, and the possible future of revolutions. An appendix presents biographical and autobiographical sketches of several of the most prominent students of revolutions.
About the Author
Stephen K. Sanderson is Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Riverside. He is a specialist in sociological theory and comparative and historical sociologyl and is one of the leading sociologists to develop a Darwinian understanding of human society. He is the author of numerous articles and many books, including Evolutionism and Its Critics (Paradigm 2007).
Table of Contents
Preface Chapter 1: Understanding Revolutions Chapter 2: The Great Historical Revolutions Chapter 3: Revolutions in the Third World Chapter 4: The Causes of Revolutions: I Chapter 5: The Causes of Revolutions: II Chapter 6: The State Breakdowns in Eastern Europe Chapter 7: The Outcomes of Revolutions Chapter 8: The Future of Revolutions Appendix: Ten Leading Students on Revolutions References Index Suggested Readings