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What is a revolution? For the past week or so this question has really been catching my interest. At first, I was under the impression that a revolution required a bloody overthrow, in the sense of a coup that would undoubtedly result in the formation of a new leadership. Today, I am not entirely sure that this restrictive definition is appropriate and therefore I must change my opinion to meet the growing changes of our society. In Eisenstadt's, Frameworks of the Great Revolutions, he writes, "revolutions first and foremost symbolize radical change in the political regime far beyond the deposition of rulers or even the replacement of ruling groups.1" If one were to base the validity of this argument upon my original definition of a revolution they would find his overall beliefs to be quite similar. ...read more.


In a sense I am forced to agree with Touraine's point of view because society seems to put more concern on the status and accountability of our products than the people who ensure that these products see the markets on time and in appropriate fashion ie. quality, safety, affordability. Somewhere between these two beliefs is a common ground on the term revolution, which is not easily defined and even less interpretable. What properly distinguishes the ideas of a revolution or a mutation is at the foreground of revolutionary debates, and many would argue the recent transformations in society could be seen as an information revolution while others would classify it as evolution of technology and resources. ...read more.


Ultimately a revolution is a change, which greatly impacts every facet of a society from the way it is governed to the economics it practices. This type of revolution comes about from a political change or a social change it really doesn't matter. Importantly, the actual changes which should determine a "revolution" not the methods by which the changes have occurred. 1 Eisenstadt, S.N. 'Frameworks of the Great Revolution,' Comparative Notes and Readings 9th edition, Bernard E. Brown, Fort Worth: Harcourt College Publishers, 2000, pp.98-110 2 Touraine, Alain. 'Social Transformations of the Twentieth Century,' Comparative Politics Notes and Readings 9th edition, Bernard E. Brown, Fort Worth: Harcourt College Publishers, 2000, pp. 111-116. ...read more.

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