Almost no corner of the earth has been untouched by revolution in the last 250 years. Fueled by popular uprisings, charismatic leaders, and captivating ideologies, eliciting acts of heroic sacrifice and provoking brutal repression, revolutions turn the page of history, making the past prologue and the future a blank slate.
This groundbreaking three-volume encyclopedia is the first to focus exclusively on the revolutionary movements that have changed the course of history from the American and French Revolutions to the present.
ABC-CLIO is proud to present an encyclopedia that reaches around the globe to explore the most momentous and impactful political revolutions of the last two-and-a-half centuries, exploring their origins, courses, consequences, and influences on subsequent individuals and groups seeking to change their own governments and societies.
In three volumes, Revolutionary Movements in World History covers 79 revolutions, from the American and French uprisings of the late 18th century to the rise of communism, Nazism, and fascism; from Ho Chi Minh and Fidel Castro to the Ayatollah, al Qaeda, and the fall of the Berlin wall. Written by leading experts from a number of nations, this insightful, cutting-edge work combines detailed portrayals of specific revolutions with essays on important overarching themes. Full of revealing insights, compelling personalities, and some of the most remarkable moments in the world’s human drama, Revolutionary Movements in World History offers a new way of looking at how societies reinvent themselves.
• 79 alphabetically arranged entries on the most important revolutionary movements of the past two-and-a-half centuries, from the American and French revolutions to the present, including historical backgrounds, analysis, domestic and international impacts, biographies, and references and further readings
• Over 90 contributors from many institutions of higher learning around the world, each an expert on the revolutions or themes covered
• 25 thematic essays covering such fascinating topics as armed forces, cinema, guerrilla warfare, human rights, literature, music, student movements, terrorism, and women
• A chronology for each revolution includes a detailed timeline of critical events before, during, and after the overthrow of power
• Maps for each revolutionary campaign plus photographs and portraits of important figures
• The first full-length, comprehensive encyclopedia focusing on revolutionary movements, offering a rich new perspective on political history, and direct access to pivotal events that have shaped that history
• Written to be accessible to students and general readers, yet with the integrity of scholarship to serve researchers and educators
• Draws revealing comparisons among revolutionary movements, showing how some revolutions have directly or indirectly influenced others (for example, the influence of the Russian Revolution on the Chinese Revolution, and the influence of the Cuban Revolution on other Latin American revolutionary movements as well as certain conflicts in Africa, and the influence of the Irish Revolution on the rnational liberation movements)
• Each entry includes a discussion of the revolution's local and international impact, providing a worldwide perspective (such as the huge impact of the Iranian Revolution on the Iranian people, the Middle East, and the United States)