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The Challenge of RevolutionContemporary Russia in Historical Perspective$
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Vladimir Mau and Irina Starodubrovskaia

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241507

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199241503.001.0001

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The Revolutionary Process

The Revolutionary Process

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The Challenge of Revolution

Vladimir Mau (Contributor Webpage)

Irina Starodubrovskaya

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This chapter analyses the English Civil War, the French Revolution, and the Bolshevik Revolution to throw light on the theoretical factors relating to their social and political dynamics in effecting a transfer of power. This covers not just the weakness of the ancien régime in resisting the forces of revolution, but also that of the revolutionary forces in determining the optimal machinery of government for the post‐revolutionary state. This latter weakness can produce undesirable institutional legacies requiring decades to be dismantled.

Keywords:   Bolshevik Revolution, English Civil War, French Revolution, theory of revolution

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