DescriptionThis book offers a fresh framework for the historical understanding of revolutions and ideas about revolution.
ntroduction: Meanings of Revolution in Time and Space.
Part I: How Revolutions Happen:.
1. Revolutions in Past History.
2. Why Revolutions have Occurred.
3. The Trend in Revolutions.
4. Revolutions and Modernity in the Twentieth Century.
Part II: Why Revolutions Matter: .
5. Revolutions and Historical Change: the 'Revolutionary Narrative'.
6. The Revolutionary Narrative in History.
7. The Revolutionary Narrative at the End of the Twentieth Century.
Appendix: Revolutions and the Understanding of History.
'[Covers] the topic from its beginnings in modern European history up to the present. Parker has more in mind than a mere typology. He wishes also to give a structural-analytic explanation of revolutions, along with a hermeneutically inflected history of their appearance over time.' American Historical Review
*Drews a range of disciplinary approaches imaginatively together.
* A wide variety of case studies reinforce and illuminate the author's arguments.