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The Anatomy of Revolution by Crane Brinton
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Oct 28, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: politics, history, books-i-own
Read in January, 1997

Very enlightening read. This is definitely not for members of the Cult of Che, as it in no way appeals to emotionalism or calls for any upheavals of any kind. Rather, this is a serious look at revolutions throughout history and what conditions existed that brought them about. The author contends that, contrary to conventional wisdom, revolutions do not generally occur when conditions in a given state are at their worst. Rather, they occur when conditions improve and then suddenly regress. The people, who had until that point been satisfied with the, most likely meager, progress, revolt fearing that they will lose that which they have gained. I remember my professor in college commenting on that phenomenon in class. He pointed out that the most oppressed are usually spending so much time trying to make ends meet that they do not have the time to think about things like overthrowing the state. Only when your belly is full can you take time to talk about nonsense like dialectical materialism.
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