European Revolutions: 1492-1992

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Author: Newton E. Key
Date: Summer 1994
From: The Historian(Vol. 56, Issue 4)
Publisher: Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society, Inc.
Document Type: Book review; Brief article
Length: 485 words

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World events have made it opportune to publish this brief but sweeping comparison. The work begins with a theoretical discussion of revolution, followed by a broad outline of state and capital transformation since 1492. Succeeding chapters narrate the revolutionary history of the Low Countries, Iberia, and the Balkans (all one chapter), the British Isles, France, and Russia and its neighbors. Charles Tilly's theories on revolution draw liberally from his study of state building, Coercion, Capital, and European States, A.D. 990-1990. He is most compelling when outlining the different types of revolution spawned either by the level of capitalist development or the military might of a particular nation. He does not, however, distinguish an unmistakable European revolution. Drawing from another historical sociologist,...

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