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POLA01: Revolutions

Instructor: Lucan Way

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Read Your Assignment Carefully

Read your assignment carefully before you begin.  If you have any questions about your assignment, please ask for clarification.

The essay should do the following:

(1) Choose a social or political revolution either covered in the course (Russia, China, Iran, Cambodia) or not (Cuba, Egypt 2011, others – if not listed please discuss with Professor Way)

(2) Assess specific and concrete evidence for both structural and voluntarist positions. What evidence exists that the revolution was rooted in structural and voluntarist factors? Why is one side more convincing than the other? If both sides are convincing, what does each contribute to explaining the outcome?


Bibliographic sources:

  • You will be required to use at least four scholarly sources relating directly to the revolution in question.