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This expanded, updated edition offers a new chapter on terrorism, including jihadism. Revolutions and state breakdowns are the primary focus as Sanderson presents prominent theories and describes the process of revolutions. The book covers famous revolutions from history (France, Russia, China) and several social and political revolutions in the third world (Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, and the Philippines). Given the frequency of revolutionary movements, a key question addressed by the book is “Why are actual revolutions so rare?”
Sanderson also assesses the state breakdowns in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union after 1989, the typical outcomes of revolutions, and the future of revolutions. An appendix presents biographical and autobiographical sketches of several of the most prominent scholars of revolutions.
Table of Contents
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
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: Revolutions from Above in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union
Chapter 7: The Outcomes of Revolutions
Chapter 8: Terrorism and Terrorist Movements
Epilogue: The Future of Revolutions and Terrorist Movements
Appendix: Ten Leading Students of Revolutions
About the Author