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Modern Revolutions : An Introduction to the Analysis of a Political Phenomenon - John Dunn

Modern Revolutions

An Introduction to the Analysis of a Political Phenomenon

By: John Dunn

Paperback Published: 21st August 1989
ISBN: 9780521378147
Number Of Pages: 384

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Many political regimes today draw such legitimacy as they have from a revolution: the destruction of an existing political elite and its replacement by a different group or groups drawn from inside the same society. A large part of the ideological dispute in world politics has come in consequence to turn on an interpretation of the character of revolutions as political and social events. It is extremely difficult to separate ideological assessments of the desirability or otherwise of what has occured in revolutions from causal explanations of why these revolutions occurred, and both major traditions in the analysis of revolutionary phenomena have been damaged by their failure to distinguish clearly between explanation and assessment. In examining eight major revolutions of the twentieth century, John Dunn helps readers to remedy this state of affairs by thinking for themselves.

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'Mr Dunn has written a very interesting, subtle, provocative and difficult book.' James Joll, The Sunday Times 'In analysing how and why revolutions have occurred, John Dunn's distinguished book raises the level of sophistication on which argument can proceed ... No brief summary, however, can do justice to Dunn's achievement in this book, which illuminates the whole subject in a way no other writer has hitherto done ... it will be widely appreciated by those seeking a study of exceptional integrity.' Third World ' ... the book is a brilliant effort. It gives the reader much to think about in its summaries of leading points of the debates over eight different twentieth-century revolutions.' Journal of Social History ' ... the perfect introduction to the subject for the use of intelligent students.' George Lichtheim

Preface to the first edition
Introduction to the second edition
Introduction: the ideological dilemmas of modern revolution and its analysis
Conclusion: approaches to the ideological assessment and causal explanation of modern revolutions
Bibliography: guide to further reading
Supplementary reading, 1971-88
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521378147
ISBN-10: 0521378141
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 21st August 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.74 x 13.74  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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