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Aftershocks: Great Powers and Domestic Reforms in the Twentieth Century

Seva Gunitsky


Over the past century, democracy spread around the world in turbulent bursts of change, sweeping across national borders in dramatic cascades of revolution and reform. This book offers a new global-oriented explanation for this wavelike spread and retreat—not only of democracy but also of its twentieth-century rivals, fascism, and communism. The book argues that waves of regime change are driven by the aftermath of cataclysmic disruptions to the international system. These hegemonic shocks, marked by the sudden rise and fall of great powers, have been essential and often-neglected drivers of d ... More

Keywords: democracy, national reforms, global hierarchy, political legitimacy, modern regimes, great powers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691172330
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691172330.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seva Gunitsky, author
University of Toronto