1st Edition

Revolution in the Making of the Modern World
Social Identities, Globalization and Modernity

ISBN 9780415771832
Published January 7, 2008 by Routledge
328 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume questions whether ideas of revolution are still relevant in the postmodern and globalized world of the twenty-first century.

Featuring contributions from some of the world's leading sociological and political thinkers on revolution, it combines theoretical concerns with a variety of detailed case studies of individual revolutions. Subjects covered include:

  • democracy and revolution from 1789 to 1989
  • twentieth century revolutions and theories of revolution, including Marxism, modernization and structuralist theories
  • revolution in the "Third World" and the variable geometry of the paths to modernity
  • Islamic revolutions and modernity
  • the 1989 revolutions as "democratic revolutions" or "elite-led transitions"
  • globalization, the nation-state and revolution
  • empire and "democratic revolution"
  • network society and revolution
  • Islamic fundamentalism, international terrorism and revolution
  • democratic revolution as a new form of revolution
  • postmodern theories of revolution
  • new social movements, identities and new figures of revolution.

Revolution in the Making of the Modern World will be essential reading for students and scholars of comparative politics, political theory, revolution and political sociology.

Table of Contents

Preface John Barber.  Foreword: Roads to Modernity: Revolutionary and Other Göran Therborn  1. Revolution in the Making of the Modern World John Foran, David Lane and Andreja Zivkovic  Part 1: From 1789 to 1989: Revolutions in Europe  2. Understanding Revolution John Dunn  3. Revolution and Democracy: The European Experience Harald Wydra  4. "Transformation" of State Socialism or Class Revolution? David Lane  Part 2: Social Identities, Modernity, and New Modes of Struggle  5. Revolutionary Internationalism and its Perils Fred Halliday  6. Durable Inequality: The Legacies of China’s Revolutions and the Pitfalls of Reform Ching Kwan Lee and Mark Selden  7. Is There a Future for Islamist Revolutions? Religion, Revolt, and Middle Eastern Modernity Asef Bayat  8. Revolution, Nationalism, and Global Justice: Towards Social Transformation with Women Valentine M. Moghadam  9. Stories of Revolution in the Periphery Eric Selbin  Part 3: Globalization and the Possible Futures of Revolution  10. What Does Revolution Mean in the Twenty-First Century? Alex Callinicos  11. Revolution and Empire Robin Blackburn  12. Virtual Revolution? Information Communication Technologies, Networks, and Social Transformation Andreja Zivkovic and John Hogan  13. Explaining Revolutionary Terrorism Jeff Goodwin  14. The Future of Revolution: Imitation or Innovation? Krishan Kumar  15. New Political Cultures of Opposition: What Future for Revolutions? John Foran.  Afterword: On the Concept of Revolution Antonio Negri

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John Foran is Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA.

David Lane is Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Andreja Zivkovic is a lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, U.K.


'The distinguished scholars in this volume offer a vital updating of our understanding of 'revolution' for the next century.  Tackling critical topics from democracy to Islamic revolution to terrorism, these insightful essays show how revolutionary traditions and patterns of revolutionary conflict have been transformed by today's global struggles for freedom and power.' - Jack A. Goldstone, Hazel Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University, USA