In order to offer a comparative historical analysis of revolutions, this course will adopt an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on literature from sociology, political science, and history. Revolutions bring about radical change in states’ functions as well as social and political structures. The first two sessions of this course will be devoted to the ongoing debate surrounding the definition of revolution and will include discussions of the French and American revolutions. After this introductory overview of the main interpretative frameworks offered by different disciplines, the rest of the course will turn its focus to a critical review of the most recent socio- historical research and debates concerning revolutions in the Twentieth Century, with special emphasis on the Bolshevik Revolution, the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the Revolutions of 1989. The course will aim to prepare students to engage with established bodies of scholarship across disciplines and to develop a comparative approach to the study of revolution. Students will be expected to produce a critical essay based on close reading of texts.
Module Leader:Imogen Bayley
Division:Arts and Humanities