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How Armies Respond to Revolutions and Why

Zoltan Barany


We know that a revolution’s success largely depends on the army’s response to it. But can we predict the military’s reaction to an uprising? This book argues that it is possible to make a highly educated guess—and in some cases even a confident prediction—about the generals’ response to a domestic revolt if we know enough about the army, the state it is supposed to serve, the society in which it exists, and the external environment that affects its actions. Through concise case studies of modern uprisings in Iran, China, Eastern Europe, Burma, and the Arab world, the book looks at the reasons ... More

Keywords: revolution, domestic uprising, domestic revolt, military, armed forces

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691157368
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691157368.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zoltan Barany, author
University of Texas, Austin