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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User Review  - Brad Madsen - Goodreads

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

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User Review  - Stuart Henochowicz - Goodreads

Truly wonderful and insightful book. Good to keep in mind when looking at the current "Arab Spring" revolutions. Read full review

Contents

Introduction Delineating the Problem
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The Medieval Matrix and
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four Huguenot France 15591598
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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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