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Van Inwegen, Patrick, 1974-
Understanding revolution / Patrick Van Inwegen
Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner, c2011
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  JC491 .V36 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Revolutions
Physical Description ix, 289 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Understanding revolution -- "Life course" of a revolution -- Structural causes of revolution -- Role of ideology, part 1 : liberalism and nationalism -- Role of ideology, part 2 : Marxism and religious thought -- Sources of revolutionary leadership -- Mobilizing the masses -- Outcomes of revolution -- Study of revolution
Summary Understanding Revolution concisely, but thoroughly, explains one of the most fundamental sources of political change in the modern world. Designed to be accessible to undergraduate students, the book systematically explores such questions as: What should be defined as a revolution? Is there a typical pattern to the course of a revolution? What are the roles of ideologies, structures (e.g., the state, class structures, the international system), and individuals in shaping revolutions? What causes groups to mobilize behind revolutionary leaders? What happens after a revolutionary group assumes power, or fails? The discussion highlights points of agreement and debate within the social science literature, and brief case studies of revolutions and revolutionary movements bring concepts to life

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