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Revolutions and the Revolutionary Tradition

In the West 1560-1991, 1st Edition

Edited by David Parker


256 pages

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Revolutions presents eight European case studies including the English revolution of 1649, the French Revolution and the recent revolutions within the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (1989-1991) and examines them not only in their specific political, economic and social contexts but also as part of the wider European revolutionary tradition. A chapter on the American Revolution is also included as a revolution which grew out of European expansionism and political culture. Revolutions brings together leading writers on European history, who make a major contribution to the controversial debate on the role of revolution in the development of European history. This is a truly comparative book which includes discussion on each of the following key themes:

* the causes of revolution, including the importance of political, social and economic factors

* the effects of political and philisophical ideas or ideology on the revolution

* the form and process of a revolution, including the importance of violence and popular support

* the outcome of revolution, both short-term and long-term

* the way revolution is viewed in history particularly since the collapse of Communism in Europe.


'For teachers the book has a great deal to offer. It enables, in a few pages, to get a handle on the very latest analytical thinking on several key revolutions.' - David Gregory, History Teaching Review

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