Taking Power On the Origins of Third World Revolutions

ISBN-10: 0521629845

ISBN-13: 9780521629843

Edition: 2005

Authors: John Foran

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John Foran analyses the causes behind some three dozen revolutions in the Third World between 1910 and the present, advancing a new theory that seeks to integrate the political, economic and cultural factors that brought those revolutions about.
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List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 410
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Perspectives
Theorizing rvolutions
Defining revolution
Historical perspectives on revolutions
A theory of Third World social revolutions
The method of studying revolutions
Revolutionary success
The great social revolutions
Mexico's unfinished revolution, 1910-20
The longest revolution: China, 1911-49
The making of a revolution: Cuba, 1953-59
The Sandinista synthesis in Nicaragua, 1977-79
Iran, 1977-79: a surprising prototype for the Third World
Conclusion: the route to social revolution
The closest cousins: the great anti-colonial revolutions
The Battle of Algeria, 1954-62
The Angolan Revolution, 1960s-1975: from liberation movement to civil war
Mozambique, 1960s-1975: the advantages of relative unity
Zimbabwe, 1960s-1980: anti-racist revolution
Vietnam, 1945-75: the three revolutions
Conclusion: the anti-colonial variant
Revolutionary failure
The greatest tragedies: reversed revolutions
The rise to power of revolutionary movements
Bolivia 1952: a sudden rebellion
The Chilean path to revolution, 1970
Grenada's swift success, 1979
Iran 1951, Guatemala 1944, and Jamaica 1972: two elections and an uprising
Falling from power
Bolivia after 1952
Chile 1973
Grenada 1983
Nicaragua in the 1980s
Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954, and Jamaica 1980: two coups and an election
Conclusions: success and failure in one act
The great contrasts: attempts, political revolutions, and non-attempts
Attempted revolutions
El Salvador's near revolution
The Sendero Luminoso in Peru
China, 1989
Algeria in the 1990s
Guatemala since the 1960s, Argentina in the 1970s, and the Philippines after 1986
A comparative analysis of attempts
A look at political revolutions
The fall of the Manchus in China, people's power in the Philippines, and the ouster of "Baby Doc" in Haiti
The uprooting of apartheid
From the Congo to Zaire, and back
A comparative analysis of political revolutions
No attempt: the reasons why
Iraq: where political culture prevented revolution?
Iran and Egypt: the counter-revolutionary power of repressive tolerance
Cuba: the advantages of culture
South Korea and Taiwan: the advantages of real development
Argentina, Brazil, and Turkey: dependent development and democracy
Comparing non-attempts
Chiapas: the first revolution of the new millennium
Concluding thoughts on the failure of revolutions
Conclusions
The past and future of revolutions
What have we learned about the origins of revolutions?
A summary of results
A concern with the future of revolutions
How to study the future
Globalization: the highest stage of capitalism?
An aside on September 11: the crisis every/no one was waiting for...
How might the revolutions of the future have better end(ing)s?
By way of concluding thoughts
Notes
Works cited
Index
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