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How they changed history and what they mean today

Peter Furtado



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Thames & Hudson
01 August 2021
Revolutions - peaceful or violent, radical or reactionary - have shaped the political landscape of the world we live in today. But what led revolutionaries to action? What were they fighting against and what were they seeking to achieve? Each revolution is a product of its time, its society, its people - and the outcomes vary dramatically, from liberal reform to brutal dictatorship.

This is an essential primer on twenty-four of the most significant revolutions in modern history, from England's Glorious Revolution of 1688 to the Arab Spring. It is narrated by contributors from around the world, each bringing their unique perspective and reflecting on the changing, sometimes contested, meaning of each revolution in its country of origin and how national identity can be shaped by memories of dissent. Whether as inspiration or warning, the legacies of these revolutions are not only important to those interested in protest, political change and the power of the people, but also impact on virtually every one of us today.

With 24 illustrations
Edited by:   Peter Furtado
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9780500296349
ISBN 10:   0500296340
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   01 August 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction: Peter Furtado The English Revolution 1642-89: Simon Jenkins The American Revolution 1776-88: Ray Raphael The French Revolution 1789-99: Sophie Wahnich The Haitian Revolution 1791-1804: Bayyinah Bello The Year of Revolutions 1848: Axel Koerner Japan: The Meiji Restoration 1867: Shin Kawashima The Young Turk Revolution 1908: Mehmed Sukru Hanioglu The Mexican Revolution 1910-17: Javier Garciadiego The Irish Revolution 1913-23: Diarmaid Ferriter Russia: The Bolshevik Revolution 1917: Dina Khapaeva The Indian Revolution 1919-47: Mihir Bose The Vietnamese Revolution 1945: Stein Tonnesson China's Communist Revolution 1949-76: Mobo Gao The Cuban Revolution 1959-2000: Luis Martinez Fernandez The Student Revolution 1968: Stephen Barnes Portugal: The Carnation Revolution 1974: Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses Cambodia: The Khmer Rouge Revolution 1975-79: Sorpong Peou The Iranian Revolution 1979: Homa Katouzian Nicaragua: The Sandinista Revolution 1979-1990: Mateo Jarquin Poland: The Solidarity Revolution 1981-89: Anita Prazmowska Eastern Europe 1989: Vladimir Tismaneanu and Andres Garcia South Africa: The End of Apartheid 1990-1994: Thula Simpson Ukraine: The Orange Revolution 2004: Yaroslav Hrytsak Egypt: The Arab Spring 2011: Yasser Thabet

Peter Furtado is the former editor of History Today. His publications include the Sunday Times bestselling Histories of Nations and Great Cities Through Travellers' Eyes, both published by Thames & Hudson.

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