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A Concise History of Revolution


  • Date Published: September 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108725385

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  • Presenting a new framework for the study of revolutions, this innovative exploration of French, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cuban, Iranian, South African, and more recent Arab revolutions, provides a theoretically grounded and empirically comprehensive demonstration of how revolutions mean more than mere state collapse and rebuilding. Through the examination of multiple historical case studies, and use of extensive historical examples to explore a range of revolutions, Mehran Kamrava reveals the range and depth of human emotion and motivations that are so prevalent and consequential in revolutions, from personal commitment to sacrifice, determination, leadership ability, charisma, opportunism, and avarice.

    • An innovative and comprehensive study of the French, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cuban, Iranian, South African and recent 2011 Arab revolutions
    • Presents a new, multidisciplinary framework for the study of the history of revolutions
    • Provides an accessible, jargon-free examination of the social and political conditions that lead to revolutions, as well as those that follow revolutions
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    'A concise, well-argued, and original take on revolutions over the long span of history from the 1789 French Revolution to the 2011 Arab Spring. Kamrava is thoughtful and judicious in his theorizing, wide-ranging in both his cases and his coverage of them, and informative in his narrative accounts. In recent years we have not seen any works of such comparative sweep. Succinct, comprehensive, and original.' John Foran, University of California, Santa Barbara

    'This thoughtful, incisive history opens up new horizons by positioning revolution in a new framework whereby revolutions are understood as planned, spontaneous, or negotiated. Through these categories and shrewd, substantively rich cases studies, Kamrava calls on us to reconsider how revolutions have and will unfold.' Eric Selbin, Southwestern University, Texas

    'Kamrava (Georgetown Univ., Qatar) provides an excellent introduction to a very complex subject in A Concise History of Revolution.' M. O'Gara, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108725385
    • length: 198 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.29kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. From rebellion to revolution
    3. Social movements and revolution
    4. Revolutionary states
    5. Revolutionary polities
    6. Conclusion
    Chronology of revolutions.

  • Author

    Mehran Kamrava, Georgetown University, Qatar
    Mehran Kamrava is Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University, Qatar. He is the author of numerous journal articles and books, including The Modern Middle East: A Political History since the First World War (3rd edition, 2013), Qatar: Small State, Big Politics (2013), The Impossibility of Palestine: History, Geography, and the Road Ahead (2016), Troubled Waters: Insecurity in the Persian Gulf (2018) and Inside the Arab State (2018).

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