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Great Powers and Domestic Reforms in the Twentieth Century

Seva Gunitsky



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Princeton University Pres
28 March 2017
Politics & government; Marxism & Communism; Fascism & Nazism; Political structures: democracy; International relations
Over the past century, democracy spread around the world in turbulent bursts of change, sweeping across national borders in dramatic cascades of revolution and reform. 'Aftershocks' is the first book to offer a detailed explanation for this wavelike spread and retreat--not only of democracy but also of its twentieth-century rivals, fascism and communism --Back cover.
By:   Seva Gunitsky
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780691172347
ISBN 10:   069117234X
Series:   Princeton Studies in International History and Politics
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   28 March 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
List of Illustrations vii Preface and Acknowledgments ix 1 Introduction: A Century of Shocks and Waves 1 2 From Crests to Collapses: The Sources of Failure in Democratic Waves 33 3 The Alchemy of War 60 4 A Low Dishonest Decade 101 5 Two Ways of Life 152 6 The Winds from the East 198 7 Conclusion: Beyond the Great Plateau 231 Appendix 1: Regime Classifications, 1900-2000 245 Appendix 2: Regime Impositions 247 Bibliography 253 Index 279

Seva Gunitsky is assistant professor of political science at the University of Toronto.

Reviews for Aftershocks: Great Powers and Domestic Reforms in the Twentieth Century

Highly recommended. . . . The conclusion is especially strong and provocative, speculating that though democracy has advantages that prevent crises from becoming so severe they threaten stability, autocratic capitalism may be a viable alternative if democracy fails to provide security and prosperity for its people.--Choice In this landmark study, Gunitsky . . . illuminates the deep connections between global shfits in power and waves of domestic regime change. . . . No book has made a stronger case that the fate of democracy is tied to the rise and fall of great powers and the leadership of liberal hegemonic states.--Foreign Affairs Aftershocks makes a strong and creative theoretical argument while providing a wide variety of convincing evidence. This is a really great book. --Jon Pevehouse, University of Wisconsin-Madison Aftershocks examines the role of international factors in shaping the rise and fall of regime types. Contending that a regime cannot be understood in purely domestic terms, Gunitsky explores the nature of global influences and how they work. This book has a big historical sweep and is filled with well-chosen examples. --Peter Gourevitch, University of California, San Diego By delving into how international dynamics shape the spread of democracy and autocracy over time, Gunitsky presents a much-needed theoretical and empirical synthesis for anyone interested in international relations and domestic politics. As the world faces changing global powers and declining support for democracy, Gunitsky's book is essential reading with significant practical implications. --Susan D. Hyde, University of California, Berkeley Ambitious and lucid, Aftershocks offers an alternative way to view twentieth-century global history, and is a book that belongs in the company of works by Gilpin and Ikenberry. In our own time of global power shifts, Gunitsky's fundamental claim--that hegemonic transitions explain the spread and contraction of democracy across entire regions--is vitally important and impossible to ignore. --John M. Owen IV, University of Virginia One of Foreign Affairs Best of Books 2017 - Political and Legal / Globalization

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