History's Locomotives: Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World

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Yale University Press, 2006 - History - 360 pages
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This masterful comparative history traces the West’s revolutionary tradition and its culmination in the Communist revolutions of the twentieth century. Unique in breadth and scope, History’s Locomotives offers a new interpretation of the origins and history of socialism as well as the meanings of the Russian Revolution, the rise of the Soviet regime, and the ultimate collapse of the Soviet Union.
History’s Locomotives is the masterwork of an esteemed historian in whom a fine sense of historical particularity never interfered with the ability to see the large picture.
Martin Malia explores religious conflicts in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Europe, the revolutions in England, American, and France, and the twentieth-century Russian explosions into revolution. He concludes that twentieth-century revolutions have deep roots in European history and that revolutionary thought and action underwent a process of radicalization from one great revolution to the next. Malia offers an original view of the phenomenon of revolution and a fascinating assessment of its power as a driving force in history.
  

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Those of us Americans who have been subjected to and intellectually subjugated by our modern educational system have forgotten from whence we came as a nation. The Frankfurt School of historical revisionism has done an effectual work of not only erasing our historical memory but also implanting false historical memories. Professor Malia's "masterful comparative history" thoroughly surveys the sources of the revolutionary energy in Western culture going back to the 11th century. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." (Santayana) Our modern world is quick to condemn a strong national tradition while in the same breath remaining unaware that the political energy for our present revolutionary mindset has a distinctive provenance of its own, one rooted in the theological errors of the Roman Church. Who of the contemporary anarchists would be shocked to find that the energy for overthrowing the system is a fundamentally religious rather than a political one? This book is one way to uncover the ideas that drive modern radicals to do what they do. 

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History's Locomotive, written by the late Martin Malia and published posthumously, is first and foremost an attempt to examine not only the origins of revolutions throughout European History but to ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction Delineating the Problem
xi
Historic Europe The Medieval Matrix and Its Internal Contradictions 10001400
9
Hussite Bohemia 14151436 From Heresy to ProtoRevolution
35
Lutheran Germany 15171555 The Reformation as SemiRevolution
58
Huguenot France 15591598
96
The Netherlands Revolt 15661609
113
England 164016601688 From Religious to Political Revolution
131
America 17761787 Revolution as Great Good Fortune
159
From the First Modern Revolution to the First Anticipated Revolution 17991848 The Nineteenth Century at a Glance
213
Marxism and the Second International 18481914
238
Red October The Revolution to End All Revolutions
251
Conclusion and Epilogue
277
Revolution Whats in a Name?
285
High Social Science and Staseology
300
Notes
315
Index
341

France 17891799 Revolution as Militant Modernity
176

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The late Martin Malia was respected as one of the great historians of Russia. Terence Emmons is professor of history, emeritus, Stanford University.

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