Social Revolutions in the Modern World

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 30, 1994 - History - 354 pages
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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Contents

Acknowledgments
1
First and further thoughts
3
A critical review of Barrington Moores Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
25
Wallersteins world capitalist system A theoretical and historical critique
55
The uses of comparative history in macrosocial inquiry
72
Explaining revolutions In quest of a socialstructural approach
99
Revolutions and the worldhistorical development of capitalism
120
France Russia China A structural analysis of social revolutions
133
Cultural idioms and political ideologies in the revolutionary reconstruction of state power A rejoinder to Sewell
199
What makes peasants revolutionary?
213
Rentier state and Shia Islam in the Iranian Revolution
240
Explaining revolutions in the contemporary Third World
259
Social revolutions and mass military mobilization
279
Reflections on recent scholarship about social revolutions and how to study them
301
Index
345
Copyright

Ideologies and social revolutions Reflections on the French case
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About the author (1994)

Theda Skocpol is professor of government and sociology at Harvard University and the author of Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn Against Government.

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