• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What is a revolution?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Medieval History section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Medieval History essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The second industrial revolution.

    3 star(s)

    Political Issues Imperialism and the balance of power The rapidity and extent of the industrialization increased the lead of the European powers and enhanced their strength, self-confidence. By about 1880, there was a profound disequilibrium and difference between Europe and most of the parts of the less-developed world.

  2. Did women have a role in the Seventeenth- Century Politics?

    the men folk away fighting, women were left and therefore forced suddenly into public life weather they liked it or not. They had to run the family businesses and still support their families during the time of their husband unavailability.

  1. China's political, social and economic problems

    Starting in 1978, China has made a concerted effort to open and enlarge its economic and political relations with the outside world. Formal diplomatic relations with the "United States was established at that time, with two way trade increasing from $2.3 billion in 1979 to over $50 billion in 1995" (5).

  2. Can We Distinguish Between a ‘Revolution’ and a ‘Social Movement’? To What Extent Can It ...

    would be seen as hypocrites and likely to alienate many of their supporters if they resorted to violence during protest activities. They have been known to use force to damage instruments of war such as in a recent case where members of Trident Ploughshares damaged a nuclear submarine.

  1. Industrial and Agricultural Revolution.

    The revolt or change must be successful to be a revolution, after a revolution everybody lives in an idealistic dream, but it does not work because the winning party (s) split and the goals fade and a totalitarian regime can take control.

  2. The Jewish-conspiracy theory of the Bolshevik revolution.

    for the overthrow of civilisation and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing." Churchill then argues that this conspiratorial Spartacus-Weishaupt group has been the mainspring of every subversive movement in the nineteenth century.

  1. What is the relationship between Revolutions and International Relations?

    Focusing on the most common approach mentioned above, it can be argued that Revolutions are related with the International Relations, in ways they affects each other. On the latter of this essay an examination of the international system, its participation on the causes of Revolutions as well as revolutions as

  2. 'How far did European Society become less religious as a result of the 'Age ...

    "We will win, we will win, we will win,"(Ca Ira, French Revolutionary song)1 Essentially, these two revolutions are significantly different. For example, the very nature of the Industrial Revolution within England provided the people with an ideal towards greater freedom and cultural expression, as consumerism began to dominate society.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work