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States and social revolutions : a comparative analysis of France, Russia, and China

Author: Theda Skocpol
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1979.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Theda Skocpol shows how all three combine to explain the origins and accomplishments of social-revolutionary transformations.
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Genre/Form: Fallstudiensammlung
Case studies
History
Cas, Études de
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Theda Skocpol
ISBN: 052122439X 9780521224390 0521294991 9780521294997
OCLC Number: 4135856
Awards: Society for the Study of Social Problems C. Wright Mills Award, 1979.
Description: xvii, 407 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Explaining social revolutions : alternatives to existing theories. A structural perspective ; International and world-historical contexts ; The potential autonomy of the state ; A comparative historical method ; Why France, Russia, and China? --
Part I: Causes of social revolutions in France, Russia, and China. Old-regime states in crisis. Old regime France : the contradictions of Bourbon absolutism ; Manchu China : from the Celestial Empire to the fall of the imperial system ; Imperial Russia : an underdeveloped great power ; Japan and Prussia as contrasts --
Agrarian structures and peasant insurrections. Peasants against seigneurs in the French Revolution ; The revolution of the Obshchinas : peasant radicalism in Russia ; Two counterpoints : the absence of peasant revolts in the English and German revolutions ; Peasant incapacity and gentry vulnerability in China --
Part II: Outcomes of social revolutions in France, Russia, and China. What changed and how : a focus on state building. Political leaderships ; The role of revolutionary ideologies --
The birth of a "modern state edifice" in France. A bourgeois revolution? ; The effects of the social-revolutionary crisis of 1789 ; War, the Jacobins, and Napoleon ; The new regime --
The emergence of a dictatorial party-state in Russia. The effects of the social-revolutionary crisis of 1917 ; The Bolshevik struggle to rule ; The Stalinist "revolution from above" ; The new regime --
The rise of a mass-mobilizing party-state in China. The social-revolutionary situation after 1911 ; The rise and decline of the urban-based Kuomintang ; The communists and the peasants ; The new regime.
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'With lucidity and care, Skocpol has laid out a challenging comparison of three great revolutions ... Here is a book worth studying, refuting, testing, elaborating, and emulating.' Charles Tilly 'I Read more...

 
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