Debating Revolutions

by Nikki R. Keddie

Debating Revolutions Synopsis

Throughout history, and especially in this century, revolutions have played a central role in human history. Yet, as both the Iranian revolution of 1978-79 and the revolutions of 1989 in Eastern Europe made clear, revolutions are rarely predictable nor attributable to a single cause. Debating Revolutions brings together some of our best social and political thinkers to address two central questions of revolution: Can they be predicted? And what are their causes? In the debating style of Contention, the award-winning journal from which the essays are culled, the contributors among them Charles Tilly, Jack A. Goldstone, Edward Berenson, Said Amir Arjomand, and Daniel Chirot focus on the Iranian, Eastern European, and French revolutions, and on the theoretical and comparative aspects of revolutionary study. Unlike most anthologies, Debating Revolutions has a format that enables scholars to engage one another in discussion, thus resolving many disputes and addressing dilemmas, rather than merely outlining differences.

Debating Revolutions Press Reviews

Represents the cutting edge of research into immigration and integration. This is a major contribution to the literature on diasporas and their consequences for identities. -Richard Alba, author of Blurring the Color Line This is a first-rate topical book that will be much read and discussed. -Steven Seidman, author of Contested Knowledge

Book Information

ISBN: 9780814746578
Publication date: 1st September 1995
Author: Nikki R. Keddie
Publisher: New York University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 334 pages
Categories: Revolutionary groups & movements, Revolutions, uprisings, rebellions, Violence in society,

About Nikki R. Keddie

Author of numerous books, including the acclaimed Roots of Revolution, Nikki R. Keddie is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles and editor of the award- winning journal Contention.

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