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Modern Revolutions and Beyond

An Interview with John Dunn

Benjamin Abrams and John Dunn

Almost anyone writing on the subject of revolution today will remember having read John Dunn’s Modern Revolutions (1972, 1989 ). The book, published before Dunn was appointed a lecturer at Cambridge, went on to meet with immense success

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The End of Revolution, and Its Means

Processual and Programmatic Approaches to Revolution in the Epoch of Revolution Debate

Benjamin Abrams

approaches to revolution today, including the work of Theda Skocpol (1979: xvi, 290 ) and Eric Selbin (2010) . What rapidly became apparent to me during the interview process was a sense of why scholars like Skocpol and Selbin would find Dunn a compelling

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COVID Revolution

Jodi Dean

no longer seemed the province of capital. They were a commons, available to anyone. State command ceased to have a hold. In “Left-wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder,” Lenin sets out the fundamental law of revolution. He writes: for a

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Family Life in Tunisia after the Revolution of 2011

Two Women and Two Men in a Changing Time

Irene Maffi

society in its diversity, 4 they nevertheless allow insight into a specific sector of it and help understand the effects of the revolution of 2011 on family structures and individual trajectories. The Impact of the Revolution of 2011 on Women

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On transition and revolution in Kyrgyzstan

Mathijs Pelkmans

This essay reviews the revolutionary situations that recently emerged in the post-Soviet world, focusing on the 'Tulip Revolution' in Kyrgyzstan. Observers were quick to explain this revolution in terms of democratic resistance to authoritarianism. This view is particularly problematic given that Kyrgyzstan was among the 'fast reformers' in the region and made its name as an 'island of democracy'. Instead of assuming that problems started when the country digressed from the ideals of liberal democracy, this essay argues that democratic reform and market-led development generated both the space and motivations for revolutionary action. Democratic reforms created the possibility of political dissent, while neo-liberal policies resulted in economic decline and social dislocations in which a temporary coalition between rural poor and dissenting political leaders was born.

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Women's Suffrage and Revolution in the Russian Empire, 1905-1917

Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild

Two of the earliest women's suffrage victories were achieved in the Russian Empire, in Finland and Russia, as a result of wars and revolutions. Their significance has been largely ignored, yet study of these achievements challenges the standard paradigms about the conditions (struggle within a democracy, geographic location on the 'periphery'), which favoured early suffrage breakthroughs. This article analyses the particular circumstances in Finland and Russia, which, in a relatively short amount of time, broke down resistance to giving women the vote. An examination of the events surrounding the February 1917 Russian Revolution, which toppled the Tsar, demonstrates the significant role of women in initiating and furthering the revolutionary momentum as well as fighting for their own rights. Both the Finns and the Russians pioneered in extending the legacies of the French and American Revolutions to include women.

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The (R)evolution Is Dead, Long Live the (r)evolution!

Daniel P. Ritter

The debate between John Dunn and Hugo Slim, masterfully moderated by Benjamin Abrams, raises important—perhaps even existential—questions about revolutions and the scholarly study thereof ( Abrams 2018 ; Abrams and Dunn 2017 ; Dunn 2018 ; Slim

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Regime Collapse and Revolution

A Response to John Dunn

Hugo Slim

It was a pleasure to read Benjamin Abrams’s interview with John Dunn in the winter 2017 issue of Contention . Dunn’s insight into modern revolutions is extremely valuable, but his determination to limit revolutions to a broadly socialist

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Spatial Patterns of Thermidor

Protest and Voting in East Germany’s Revolution, 1989-1990

Marko Grdešić

the revolution, its most dramatic moments such as the fall of the Wall, and the subsequent malaise, disappointment and resentment that took hold in the new Bundesländer, the link between revolutionary protest and voting has not been investigated in

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The Myth of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Ian Moll

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is all the rage these days. Enthusiasts point to an apparently staggering array of ‘new’ technologies – usually digital – that sound smart and make us feel outdated and in awe of the future: technologies like