New. SHIPS FIRST CLASS UPGRADE from NJ: 2-3 DAY DELIV( US); GIFT-ABLE as NEW LATER RE-ISSUE, FAST DELIVERY; NEW AS SHOWN THIS COVER. Format A paperback. Glued binding. 320 p. Vintage. Audience: General/trade.10222 10222--Brinton's Anatomy of a Revolution is based on a brilliant premise-that all revolutions go through specific "stages." Using the English, French, and Russian revolutions and the American War for Independence as his models, he seeks to show common threads between the four of them. However, there are some flaws in his thesis. As one reader pointed out, Brinton never defines what a "revolution" is-a problem especially given the fact that many do not consider the American Revolution a revolution at all. But beyond this point, there are problems as well. His model does not fit each revolution very well-especially the English Revolution's "Thermidorian Reaction" (which Brinton uses to describe the "calm" after the relative chaos and violence one usually associates with revolution. ) His argument on the origins of revolution is similarly does not fit all revolutions well. However, it is a fascinating read, and Brinton does a remarkable job in briefly and succinctly summarizing each revolution, their causes and the major players and events in them. This, if for no other reason makes it a worthwhile read. [reader review]
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