Anatomy Of A Revolution

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A summary of Crane Brinton's Anatomy of a Revolution directed towards a high school History class audience.

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Anatomy Of A Revolution

  1. 1. The Anatomy of Revolution A Brightman Splashcast Exclusive
  2. 2. Revolution <ul><li>‘ A drastic, sudden substitution of one group in charge of a territorial political entity by another group hitherto not running that government’ </li></ul><ul><li>(Crane Brinton, The Anatomy of Revolution , p. 4) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Moderate Phase <ul><li>New government tries to make political reforms = moderate faction </li></ul><ul><li>Rival factions criticize government from both sides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conservatives want to limit change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Radicals want to maximize change </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Radicals slowly gain power </li></ul>
  4. 4. Radical Phase <ul><li>Radicals gain power because they have more discipline, ambition and support from the population at-large </li></ul><ul><li>Introduces great changes in political and social organization </li></ul><ul><li>Results in widespread protest and reaction </li></ul>
  5. 5. Phase of Terror <ul><li>Radical control leads to mass protest and violent responses </li></ul><ul><li>Radical leaders resort to violence, fear, military rule and any other means necessary to maintain order </li></ul><ul><li>The behavior of the radicals does not match the ideals they proclaimed when they took power </li></ul>
  6. 6. Thermidor Phase <ul><li>A military leader restores order </li></ul><ul><li>Radicals are imprisoned or executed </li></ul><ul><li>Moderates reclaim government control </li></ul><ul><li>Politics focus on economic and social stability instead of political reform </li></ul><ul><li>Population trades one form of authoritarian government for another </li></ul>
  7. 7. Does your revolution look like this? Let me know what you think by submitting comments to this Splashcast.

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