Revolutionary States, Leaders, and Foreign Relations: A Comparative Study of China, Cuba, and Iran

By R. K. Ramazani; Houman A. Sadri | Go to book overview

INTRODUCTION

Revolutions, great or small, have always been a fascinating subject for policy makers, experts, and educators alike. This is due in part to their sense of novelty and in part to their chaotic characteristics. The literature of revolutions is not only multidisciplinary in context, but also rich in concepts, theories, and models proposed by scholars who have employed diverse methods of analysis. Moreover, the literature is extensive for it covers a variety of issues, including the nature, causes, and impacts of revolutions, and accounts for numerous conditions and parameters.

Governments born from revolutions are often subject to scrutiny by foreign and domestic observers interested in the behavior of revolutionary regimes. Since the American Revolution, most outside observers of revolutions tend to be more cautious, critical, or pessimistic about the nature and behavior of revolutionary states, particularly in the infancy period of the regime. During the American Revolution, British writings on U.S. affairs included many examples of these types of observations. Conversely, most internal observers of revolutionary states tend to present a more bold, supportive, or optimistic view of their own revolutionary regime. Both positive and negative perspectives of revolutionary states are necessary for an international affairs student who aims to gain a more balanced and comprehensive understanding of the topic at hand.

Building on the rich literature of revolutions, Revolutionary States, Leaders, and Foreign Relations describes the nature and role of revolutionary leaders and explains their impact on the foreign relations of three prominent developing countries, China, Cuba, and Iran, during the first formidable decade following their revolutions. In so doing, this book addresses four fundamental questions about

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Typology and Terminology of Revolutions 9
  • 2 - Non-Alignment as a Foreign Policy Strategy 17
  • 3 - Chinese Foreign Relations, 1949-1959 35
  • Notes 58
  • 4 - Cuban Foreign Relations, 1959-1969 65
  • 5 - Iranian Foreign Relations, 1979-1989 87
  • 6 - Conclusion 115
  • Selected Bibliography 133
  • Index 141
  • About the Author 149
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