Theorizing Revolutions

Theorizing Revolutions

Theorizing Revolutions

Theorizing Revolutions


In Theorizing Revolutions , some of the most exciting thinkers in the study of revolutions today look critically at the many theoretical frameworks through which revolutions can be understood and apply them to specific revolutionary cases. The theoretical approaches considered in this way include state-centred perspectives, structural theory, world-system analysis, elite models, demographic theories and feminism and the revolutions covered range in time from the French Revolution to Eastern Europe in 1989 and in place from Russia to Vietnam and Nicaragua.


I would like to thank first and foremost the contributors to this collection, who have been through a long process (or does it feel long only to me?) to create something that I am very excited about. It is obvious but worth saying that without you this volume would not exist, and I am very grateful for your labor on it. That the pieces are all original essays, and that their authors could have published them elsewhere, but did not, is a source of considerable satisfaction for an editor working with such a wonderful group of scholars.

I would like also to thank the several readers of each chapter, who are acknowledged in the first note to most contributions-the time you have taken with these pieces has enriched them. An even larger thanks to the reviewer of the whole manuscript for Routledge, whose comments have improved the final result, and above all, the introduction.

At Routledge in London, appreciation is due to our editor, Mari Shullaw, who had the vision to support this project before it was completed, and to her assistant, Joanne Mattingly. I hope that the book comes close to the vision!

Closer to home, I am very grateful for the tireless efforts of my research assistant Joe Bandy, of the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who tracked down every missing reference. What remains missing cannot be found by human effort.

Finally, this book is dedicated to its readers, the next generation of scholars of revolution. I hope that some of them will make revolutions as well, in their own ways. And in the end, to the constant revolutionary in my life, Kum-Kum Bhavnani, and to Cerina, the new one.

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