Revolutions: A Worldwide Introduction to Political and Social Change

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Paradigm Publishers, 2005 - History - 235 pages
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Revolution and state breakdown are the focus of this important new book thatanalyzes the most prominent theories of revolution and points to futuredirections. Covers famous revolutions from history (France, China, Russia) andthose in the developing world in addressing such key questions as "why arerevolutions so rare?"Revolutions also looks at the state breakdowns in Eastern Europe after 1989, thetypical outcomes of revolutions, and the possible future of revolutions. Anappendix presents biographical and autobiographical sketches of several of themost prominent students of revolutions.Contents: Understanding Revolutions. The Great Historical Revolutions. Revolutions inthe Third World. The Causes of Revolutions: I. The Causes of Revolutions: II. The StateBreakdowns in Eastern Europe. The Outcomes of Revolutions. The Future of Revolutions.

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Stephen K. Sanderson is currently a visiting professor of sociology at the University of California, Riverside, where he specializes in comparative-historical sociology, sociological theory, and evolutionary sociology. He is the author or editor of ten books in sixteen editions, among them Evolutionism and Its Critics: Deconstructing and Reconstructing an Evolutionary Interpretation of Human Society (Paradigm 2007), and Revolutions: A Worldwide Introduction to Social and Political Contention (2nd ed., Paradigm 2010).

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