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No Other Way Out

No Other Way Out
States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945–1991


Part of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

  • Date Published: June 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521629485

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  • No Other Way Out provides a powerful explanation for the emergence of popular revolutionary movements, and the occurrence of actual revolutions, during the Cold War era. This sweeping study ranges from Southeast Asia in the 1940s and 1950s to Central America in the 1970s and 1980s and Eastern Europe in 1989. Following in the 'state-centered' tradition of Theda Skocpol's States and Social Revolutions and Jack Goldstone's Revolutions and Rebellion in the Early Modern World, Goodwin demonstrates how the actions of specific types of authoritarian regimes unwittingly channeled popular resistance into radical and often violent directions. Revolution became the 'only way out', to use Trotsky's formulation, for the opponents of these intransigent regimes. By comparing the historical trajectories of more than a dozen countries, Goodwin also shows how revolutionaries were sometimes able to create, and not simply exploit, opportunities for seizing state power.

    • Compares more than a dozen countries on three continents
    • Provides a parsimonious explanation for major world events
    • A 'state-centered' analysis of more recent revolutions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Jeff Goodwin's No Other Way Out is an outstanding contribution to the sociology of revolutions. It goes beyond the work of his mentor, Theda Skocpol, and will have a profound impact on the literature for years to come.' Misagh Parsa, Dartmouth College (Electronic newsletter of the ECPR-SG on Extremism and Democracy)

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521629485
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 17 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Figures, tables and maps
    Abbreviations and acronyms
    Preface and acknowledgments
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Comparing revolutionary movements
    2. The state-centered perspective on revolutions: strengths and limitations
    Part II. Southeast Asia: Chronology for Southeast Asia
    3. The formation of revolutionary movements in Southeast Asia
    4. The only domino: the Vietnamese revolution in comparative perspective
    Part III. Central America: Chronology for Central America
    5. The formation of revolutionary movements in Central America
    6. Not-so-inevitable revolutions: the political trajectory of revolutionary movements in Central America
    Part IV. Further Comparisons and Theoretical Elaborations:
    7. Between success and failure: persistent insurgencies
    Chronology for Eastern Europe
    8. 'Refolution' and rebellion in Eastern Europe, 1989
    9. Conclusion: generalizations and prognostication
    Annotated bibliography

  • Author

    Jeff Goodwin, New York University

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