Culture, Strategy and State-Centered Explanations of Revolution, 1789 and 1989

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Title Culture, Strategy and State-Centered Explanations of Revolution, 1789 and 1989
Author Sharman, Jason Campbell
Journal Name Social Science History
Year Published 2003
Place of publication North Carolina
Publisher Duke University Press
Abstract Social scientists studying revolutions have increasingly argued that explanations of revolutions that do not include subjective factors, such as culture, are inadequate. The failure to explain the anti-Communist revolutions of 1989 is forceful testimony to this inadequacy. But the way in which cultural aspects are being added to existing approaches tends to undermine past advances in studying revolutions. Recent historiography of the French Revolution provides an example of a more thorough-going approach to political culture. A productive synthesis that both preserves past advances and better explains the revolutions of 1989 is achieved by analyzing the effects of cultural change on state elites.
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Publisher URI http://ssh.dukejournals.org/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/01455532-27-1-1
Copyright Statement Copyright 2003 Duke University Press. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 27
Issue Number 1
Page from 1
Page to 24
ISSN 0145-5532
Date Accessioned 2007-07-09
Date Available 2009-10-20T22:10:49Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/25309
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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