In ‘Anatomy of the Revolution,’ historian Crane Brinton investigates the similarities and differences between four historical revolutions. In this. Crane Brinton’s famous Anatomy of Revolution marks a watershed in the study American students of revolution; and it suggests a new research agenda for the. The definitive, hugely influential comparative history of the English, American, French and Russian revolutions from a renowned American scholar. “Classic”.

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In each revolution a short “honeymoon” period follows the fall of the old regime, lasting until the “contradictory elements” among the victorious revolutionaries assert themselves p. In its ardor, revolutionary “tragicomedy” touches the average citizen, for whom “politics becomes as real, as pressing, as unavoidable This article has no associated abstract.

The group which dominates these first stages we call the moderates Find it on Scholar. History of Western Philosophy. Anahomy and measure “that varied from region to region, indeed from town to town” were replaced with the metric system.

In short, “the ruling class becomes politically inept” p.

The revolution destroys wicked people and harmful and useless institutions” This is due to the fact that “nobody wants to have a anatpmy Brinton, On the Choice Between Reform and Revolution. Sign in to use this feature.

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However, other scholars may not agree. In England the king “didn’t have enough good soldiers”. In the process, Brinton says, ‘the revolution, like Saturndevours its children’, quoting Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud p. Only parts of Brinton’s theory fit the American example. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.


Brinton sees the American Revolution as a territorial-nationalist one, in which the aim of the revolutionaries was not to overturn the existing “social and economic system, but rather to set the English North American colonies up as an independent nation-state” George Lawson – – Sociological Theory 34 2: These attempts seldom make a significant impact as the revolutionaries “are usually too poor, and too occupied at home” p.

No keywords specified fix it. The Anatomy of Revolution is a book by Crane Brinton outlining the “uniformities” of four major political revolutions: Brinton finds the lasting results of the revolutions disappointing.

Then the fever breaks, Thermidor occurs and the revolution is over. This leads to Brinton’s stages of Revolution, the first of which is the seizure of power by the moderates, and the soon after taking of that power by the extremists.

The revolutions’ enemies and supporters disagree over whether plots and manipulation by revolutionists, or the corruption and tyranny of the old regime are responsible for the old regime’s fall.

Contrary to the belief that revolutionaries are disproportionately poor or down-and-out, “revolutionists are more or less a cross section of common humanity”. Sign in Create an account.


Crane Brinton’s Theory Of Revolution

Revolution in Social and Political Philosophy categorize this paper. On taking power the radicals rule through dictatorship and “rough-and-ready centralization”.

Request removal from index. Views Read Edit View history. Confiscated lands stayed in the hands of the new owners for the revoluion part, redistributing land to many “small independent peasants” in France p.

Chartist Publications, []; Anatomy of a revolution”: The radical reign of terror, or “crisis” period, is fairly soon replaced by Thermidor period, a period of relaxation from revolutionary policies or “convalescence” from the “fever” of radicalism.

Reevolution third symptom was the rise of revolutionaries, mostly the army and those who supported the Revolutionary War. At some point in these revolutions, the “process of transfer of power from Right to Left ceases”, and groups even more radical than those in power are suppressed p. Small State, Big Revolution: The exception is the American Revolution, which “does not quite follow this pattern” p.

The third part of Brinton’s theory is the break up of the fever, the occurrence of Thermidor, and the end of the Revolution.