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The Anatomy of Revolution Revisited
A Comparative Analysis of England, France, and Russia

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  • Date Published: June 2014
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107623606

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  • This study aims to update a classic of comparative revolutionary analysis, Crane Brinton's 1938 study The Anatomy of Revolution. It invokes the latest research and theoretical writing in history, political science, and political sociology to compare and contrast, in their successive phases, the English Revolution of 1640–60, the French Revolution of 1789–99, and the Russian Revolution of 1917–29. This book intends to do what no other comparative analysis of revolutionary change has yet adequately done. It not only progresses beyond Marxian socioeconomic “class” analysis and early “revisionist” stresses on short-term, accidental factors involved in revolutionary causation and process; it also finds ways to reconcile “state-centered” structuralist accounts of the three major European revolutions with postmodernist explanations of those upheavals that play up the centrality of human agency, revolutionary discourse, mentalities, ideology, and political culture.

    • The Introduction provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date critical review of general revolutionary theory and European revolutionary historiography currently available
    • Insists upon restoring the so-called 'Puritan Revolution' of seventeenth-century England to its traditional 'world-historical' status alongside the later French and Russian Revolutions
    • Restores to revolutionary analysis in general the crucial role of geopolitics that has been downplayed in much recent writing
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Despite covering an enormous and highly contentious historiography for these revolutions, and covering hundreds of years of history, this book is deft, clear, and a good read. Bailey Stone is particularly good at working with the international, religious/nationalist, and social forces behind every twist and turn of the detailed events. There is nothing else quite like it for telling the story of these three major revolutions in a comparative framework. This is an outstanding book, a worthy sequel to Crane Brinton."
    Jack A. Goldstone, Virginia E. and John T. Hazel, Jr, Professor of Public Policy and Eminent Scholar, School of Public Policy, George Mason University

    "The Anatomy of Revolution Revisited is an ambitious effort to chart and analyze three major revolutions that defined the meaning of 'revolution' in the European political tradition. However, the purpose of the book is not to evince a standard model for the revolutionary process, nor is it to apply a ready-made one to the three upheavals under examination. Rather, as a work of comparative history, the book tells the 'story' of each revolution largely on its own terms. A thoughtful, sophisticated, and illuminating comparative study of three European revolutions that helped form the modern world, this book is a worthy successor to Crane Brinton's classic, Anatomy of Revolution."
    Thomas Kaiser, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

    "Stone's book is a brilliant tour de force, certain to prove of interest to many readers. Needless to say, it should have a place in every serious university library."
    Sabrina P. Ramet, Europe-Asia Studies

    'As its title suggests, this book seeks to offer a comparative analysis of the three great revolutions in European history - the English (1640–60), the French (1789–99), and the Russian (1917–29), revisiting themes first explored by Crane Brinton in his Anatomy of Revolution of 1938. … There is much to admire here, and throughout the author makes a powerful case for the importance of comparative history.' Tim Harris, Journal of Modern History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107623606
    • length: 544 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: from revolutionary theory to revolutionary historiography: England, France, and Russia
    1. Anciens régimes
    2. Transitions: breakthroughs to revolution
    3. Revolutionary 'honeymoons'?
    4. The 'revolutionizing' of the revolutions
    5. Revolutionary climacterics
    6. Thermidor?
    Conclusion: 'revolutions from below' and 'revolutions from above'.

  • Author

    Bailey Stone, University of Houston
    Bailey Stone is Professor of European History and International Affairs at the University of Houston. Prior to his time at the University of Houston, he taught at Princeton University and received his PhD from Princeton University and his BA from Bowdoin College. Stone is the author of two books on judicial politics in old regime France: The Parlement of Paris, 1774–1789 and The French Parlements and the Crisis of the Old Regime. He is also the author of two books on the causes and trajectory of the French Revolution: The Genesis of the French Revolution (Cambridge, 1994) and Reinterpreting the French Revolution (Cambridge, 2002). His work has been published in many leading journals, including Eighteenth-Century Studies, French Historical Studies and the Journal of Modern History.

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