No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945-1991

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 4, 2001 - History - 407 pages
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No Other Way Out provides a powerful explanation for the emergence of popular revolutionary movements, and the occurrence of actual revolutions, during the Cold War era. This sweeping study ranges from Southeast Asia in the 1940s and 1950s to Central America in the 1970s and 1980s and Eastern Europe in 1989. Following in the 'state-centered' tradition of Theda Skocpol's States and Social Revolutions and Jack Goldstone's Revolutions and Rebellion in the Early Modern World, Goodwin demonstrates how the actions of specific types of authoritarian regimes unwittingly channeled popular resistance into radical and often violent directions. Revolution became the 'only way out', to use Trotsky's formulation, for the opponents of these intransigent regimes. By comparing the historical trajectories of more than a dozen countries, Goodwin also shows how revolutionaries were sometimes able to create, and not simply exploit, opportunities for seizing state power.
  

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Jeff Goodwin presents a powerful, consistent, and empirically striking argument for a theoretical model of how and why revolutionary movements take shape and seize political power (or fail to ... Read full review

Review: No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945-1991 (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)

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Elegant explanation of revolutions. It doesn't capture everything, but the model it provides is a terrific starting point and needs to be taken under consideration. Read full review

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Jeff Goodwin, Professor of Sociology at New York University, is the editor and author of many books and articles on social movements, revolutions, and terrorism, including "No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945 1991"(Cambridge University Press, 2001) and the forthcoming "Why Terror?

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