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 crwne fall of the old regime, lasting until the “contradictory elements” among the victorious revolutionaries assert themselves p. 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. Remaining essentially “untouched” were day-to-day social relations between husband and wife and children.

The radical reign is one of “Terror and Virtue”. In the early stages of the revolution itself, Brinton sees the moderates seize power, but then the extremists take that power away from them.

This is found not only in the Russian and French revolutions, but even seventeenth century England, where Edward Sexby “proposed to the French radicals” in Bordeaux “a republican constitution which was to be called ‘L’Accord du Peuple’—an adaptation of the English Agreement of the People” p.

These include problems functioning—”government deficits, more than usual complaints over taxation, conspicuous governmental favoring of one set of economic interests over another, administrative entanglements and confusions”. This is due to the fact that “nobody wants to have a fever” Brinton, Revised editions of Brinton’s book were published in andand it remains in print.


This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat Knutsen crqne Jennifer L. There were economic problems, since America refused to pay taxes to England.

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In short, “the ruling class becomes politically inept” p. While revolutionaries “behave in a way we should not expect such people to behave”, this can be explained by the “revolutionary environment” rather than their background p. Enough of them match his definition and his stages of this phenomena that one must agree that the American Revolution was a true Revolution.

Retrieved from ” https: The taxation without representation’ slogan of the s was enough to excite Americans to action George Lawson – – Sociological Theory 34 2: Attempts at establishing new religions and personal habits come to naught.

The Anatomy of Revolution

The revolutions begin with problems in the pre-revolutionary regime. In Brinton’s view there is nothing much that can be done about revolutionaries, the fever has to burn out on its own.

The patriots knew they wanted to separate from Britain. The symptoms part of Brinton’s Revolution theory shall be discussed first. Brinton finds the lasting results of the revolutions disappointing. Sign in Create an account.

The revolution destroys wicked people and harmful and useless institutions” 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.


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The second symptom lf the inefficiency of the British government. Sidney Tarrow – – Theory and Society 37 6: In contrast to the moderates, the radicals are aided by a fanatical devotion to their cause, discipline and in recent revolutions a study of technique of revolutionary action, obedience to their leadership, ability to ignore contradictions between their rhetoric and action, and drive boldly ahead p.

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In Russia, brjnton Bolsheviks brought industrialization, and eventually the Sputnik space satellite p. In his book, Crane Brinton uses the American Revolution as one of his examples.

However, other scholars may not agree. Brinton believes America “never quite went through a reign of terror” 24but that the “relaxation of the war discipline and war tension and a grand renewal for wealth and pleasure” led to a real Thermidor. Brinton sees no victory of extremists rvolution moderates in America Symptoms can take several different forms: Bailey, Journal of Peace ResearchVol.