John Dunn, FBA, is emeritus professor of political theory
at King’s College, University of Cambridge. His work on revolution
began in 1972 with the publication of his landmark volume,
Modern Revolutions: An Introduction to the Analysis of a Political
Phenomenon. A second edition was published in 1989, and the
volume has since been translated into several foreign languages.
Alongside revolution, Dunn’s thought has examined questions of
regime collapse, reconstruction, the political trajectories of modern
states, and the emergence and significance of democracy. His work
lies at the intersection of history, political theory, and sociology.
In the interview, Dunn offers a categorization of revolution as a
distinctly bounded historical phenomenon that has not persisted
into the twenty-first century. “The Epoch of Revolution,” he argues,
begins with 1789 and had definitively ended by 1989. After the
Epoch of Revolution, Dunn argues, we now confront a more enduring
and generic phenomenon: regime collapse.