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You Say You Want a Revolution?: Radical Idealism and Its Tragic Consequences

Daniel Chirot


Why have so many of the iconic revolutions of modern times ended in bloody tragedies? And what lessons can be drawn from these failures today, in a world where political extremism is on the rise and rational reform based on moderation and compromise often seems impossible to achieve? This book examines a wide range of right- and left-wing revolutions around the world—from the late eighteenth century to today—to provide important new answers to these critical questions. From the French Revolution of the eighteenth century to the Mexican, Russian, German, Chinese, anticolonial, and Iranian revol ... More

Keywords: political extremism, left-wing revolutions, right-wing revolutions, violent radicalism, corruption, revolutionary change, liberal democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691193670
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691193670.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Chirot, author
University of Washington