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The anatomy of revolutions






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    • The Anatomy of Revolutions Crane Brinton’s Stages of Revolution
    • Who is Crane Brinton and what is this all about?
      • Crane Brinton was a historian who analyzed four revolutions and found they were similar.
      • He found that there are four phases that most revolutions go through.
      • He wrote a very important book about these phases called, The Anatomy of a Revolution . This book was published in 1966 but we still use it today.
    • Phase 1: Symptoms
      • The middle class is angry at the policies of the government.
      • The government is ineffective and is unable to effectively manage the country. This could be because the leader is not doing a good job or because of a lack of money in the government.
      • Eventually, the government is deserted by the intellectuals , who also speak out against the government.
    • Phase 2: The Rising Fever
      • This is the escalation of the anger felt by the middle class. The people rise up against the government.
      • The current government can not repress the rebellion.
      • A new government is created, led by the middle class. They will try to replace the old government.
    • Phase 3: Crisis
      • The revolutionary new government tries to violently overthrow the old government.
      • There is a lot of violence and efforts to spread the revolution. Opposition is squashed.
      • The revolution is fragile because popular support is needed and economic conditions are poor.
      • The old government tries to hold onto power.
    • Phase 4: Convalescence
      • The revolution ends and the country enters a period of recovery. The old government is successfully overthrown.
      • A strong ruler comes to power and the new government begins the process of stabilizing the country.
      • Life in the country begins to return to normal.
    • What will I do with this information?
      • You will be learning about the American Revolution, the French Revolution and the Iranian Revolution. You will analyze each of these revolutions to see if it fits into Brinton’ phases.
      • You will be doing a research project and presentation on a modern day revolution as your summative for this quarter.