Revolutions: Robust Findings, Persistent Problems, and Promising Frontiers

States and Peoples in Conflict, edited by Michael Stohl, Mark Lichbach, and Peter Grabosky, Forthcoming

26 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2013 Last revised: 21 Jul 2015

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Colin Beck

Claremont Colleges - Pomona College

Date Written: June 1, 2013

Abstract

This chapter reviews what consistent findings can be drawn out of studies of revolution. I begin by providing a brief intellectual history of the study of revolution, and identify three sets of consistent findings — the role of external strains on states, brittle regimes, and revolutionary coalitions. Next, I discuss how two recent areas of interest, nonviolent revolution and the diffusion of contention across international borders, validate earlier findings yet pose a risk of further fragmentation. I then highlight promising approaches to old problems and sketch methodological advances that could contribute to the field. I conclude by briefly considering persistent problems in the field and how they might be overcome.

Keywords: revolution

Suggested Citation

Beck, Colin, Revolutions: Robust Findings, Persistent Problems, and Promising Frontiers (June 1, 2013). States and Peoples in Conflict, edited by Michael Stohl, Mark Lichbach, and Peter Grabosky, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2347655

Colin Beck (Contact Author)

Claremont Colleges - Pomona College ( email )

Claremont, CA 91711
United States

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