Revolution and counter revolution

Calvert, Peter (1990) Revolution and counter revolution, Maidenhead, UK, Open University Press, 90pp. (Concepts in the Social Sciences).


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Revolution remains a key concept in the social sciences. After the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, a debate still rages over its causes and meaning. At the same time as, in Eastern Europe, much of what the Russian Revolution was believed to have stood for is being rejected, the Chinese leadership has reaffirmed its right to maintain "revolutionary" political orthodoxy by force. In this book Professor Calvert aims to show how revolution must by its nature be disputed. When people observe revolutions, their interpretations of what they are seeing are conditioned by changing intellectual fashion and by wishful thinking and so too are the theories derived from them. This book re-examines the place of revolution in modern social theory and at the same time reasserts the need for systematic study in the social sciences.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 0335153976 (hardback)
9780335153978 (hardback)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 64413
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 1990Published
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:49

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