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MALS/LBST 615 examines the origins and progress of European revolutions from the French Revolution of 1789 through the revolutions that swept across Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in 1989-1991. Most assessments consider the 1789 French Revolution and the 1917 Russian Revolution to be watersheds in world history. If we think of change as the crucial element of history, then there is probably more history packed into revolution than any other kind of human activity. Revolutions are intensely politicized events and so, predictably, are their histories. Even today, one might judge the political persuasion of a person by their feelings about the French or Russian Revolutions. This does not mean that those who made or opposed revolution were not sincere in their beliefs, or that there is nothing to be learned from the study of revolution. Indeed, this course is especially based upon the following two propositions: that it is necessary to understand revolution in order to understand the modern world, and that we can make some sense of the world by comparing revolutions over time, space and culture. An important task for the class will be to ask what lessons or patterns the European revolutions offer us today.


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Reference books that may be useful in the study of European Revolutions

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Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements - James DeFronzo
Call Number: Available online through ebrary
ISBN: 9780813345154
Publication Date: 2011

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Central and Eastern Europe Since 1919 - Adrian Webb
Call Number: REF COL: DJK48.5 .W43 2008
ISBN: 9780415445634
Publication Date: 2008

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The Nineteenth Century - Michael S. Neiberg
Call Number: REF COL: U41 .N45 2006
ISBN: 031333269X
Publication Date: 2006

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Cassell's Chronology of World History: Dates, Events, and Ideas that Made History - Hywel Williams
Call Number: REF COL: D11 .W55 2005
ISBN: 0304357308
Publication Date: 2005
See the following two sections:
1) The Sense of the New: the Enlightenment and the French Revolution
2) A Continent Divided: Europe from Armageddon to Reconstruction, 1914-89

History in Dispute - St. James Press
Call Number: Available online through Gale Virtual Reference Library
Publication Date: 2005
This is a multiple volume series that covers numerous topics in world history. Some topics include "Twentieth-Cenutry European Social and Political Movements" and "Revlutionary Russia."

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Revolutions in World History - Michael D. Richards
Call Number: GEN COL: JC491 .R497 2004
ISBN: 9780415224987
Publication Date: 2004

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Historical Atlas of Central Europe - Paul Robert Magocsi
Call Number: Atlas Stands: G1881.S1 M32 2002
ISBN: 0295981466
Publication Date: 2003

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Revolutions: Theoretical, Comparative, and Historical Studies - Edited by Jack A. Goldstone
Call Number: GEN COL: HM876 .R45 2003
ISBN: 9780155066793
Publication Date: 2002

History Behind the Headlines: The Origins of Conflicts Worldwide - Gale Group
Call Number: REF COL: D410 .H57
Publication Date: 2001

Encyclopedia of European Social History - Edited by Peter Stearns
Call Number: REF COL: HN373 .E63 2001
ISBN: 0684805820
Publication Date: 2000

A Dictionary of Modern Revolution - Edward Hyams
Call Number: REF COL: HX17 .H9 1973
ISBN: 080082198X
Publication Date: 1973

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