Charles Tilly

in Regimes and Repertoires

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226803500
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226803531 | DOI:

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This chapter offers an explanation on the revolution. It also argues that a revolution did occur in Rwanda. A revolution involves a forcible transfer of power over a state. It also combines a revolutionary situation with a revolutionary outcome. Repertoires shape revolutions. The history of European revolutions over the last half-millennium shows great importance for the study of regimes and repertoires. National revolutionary situations and outcomes did not disappear in the twentieth century. Data also show that the possibility of revolution depended heavily on the organization of regimes. International responses and economic support for competing military organizations came to dominate the prospects for revolution during the late twentieth century. Moreover, the changing revolutionary processes provide democrats and capitalists plenty of room for worry.

Keywords: repertoires; regimes; Rwanda; European revolutions; military organizations; democrats; capitalists

Chapter.  10404 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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