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Revolution: Structure and Meaning in World History

Saïd Amir Arjomand


A revolution is a discontinuity: one political order replaces another, typically through whatever violent means are available. Modern theories of revolutions tend neatly to bracket the French Revolution of 1789 with the fall of the Soviet Union two hundred years later, but contemporary global uprisings—with their truly multivalent causes and consequences—can overwhelm our ability to make sense of them. Arjomand reaches back to antiquity to propose a unified theory of revolution. Revolution illuminates the stories of premodern rebellions from the ancient world, as well as medieval European revo ... More

Keywords: revolution, rebellion, premodern, medieval, Europe, Arab Spring, power, structure, authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226026831
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226026848.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Saïd Amir Arjomand, author
Stony Brook University