Social Revolutions in the Modern World
In this wide-ranging collection of essays, Theda Skocpol, the internationally respected author of the award-winning 1979 book States and Social Revolutions, updates her arguments about social revolutions. How are we to understand recent revolutionary upheavals in Iran, Nicaragua, and other countries across the globe? Why have social revolutions happened in some countries, but not in others that seem similar in many ways? Skocpol shows how she and other scholars have used ideas about states and societies to identify the particular types of regimes that are susceptible to the growth of revolutionary movements and vulnerable to actual transfers of state power to revolutionary challengers. At this point, Skocpol argues, comparative social scientists have a good grasp on the causes and dynamics of social revolutionary transformations across modern world history, from early modern social revolutions in agrarian-bureaucratic monarchies, through more recent revolutions in certain countries emerging from direct colonial rule, and in dictatorial regimes focused on one-man patrimonial control.
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First and further thoughts
A critical review of Barrington Moores Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
Wallersteins world capitalist system A theoretical and historical critique
The uses of comparative history in macrosocial inquiry
Explaining revolutions In quest of a socialstructural approach
Revolutions and the worldhistorical development of capitalism
France Russia China A structural analysis of social revolutions
Cultural idioms and political ideologies in the revolutionary reconstruction of state power A rejoinder to Sewell
What makes peasants revolutionary?
Rentier state and Shia Islam in the Iranian Revolution
Explaining revolutions in the contemporary Third World
Social revolutions and mass military mobilization
Reflections on recent scholarship about social revolutions and how to study them
Ideologies and social revolutions Reflections on the French case
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