Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Types of Revolutions

There are two basic types of revolution.

The first= political revolution. This includes coups, civil wars, revolts, and all the "great revolutions" like the French Revolution and the American Revolution (as separated by sociologist Charles Tilly).

The second= social revolution. Now this gets kind of complicated. Theoretically, a social revolution is one in which both the social and political structures are "turned around". But literally, a social revolution is exactly what it denotes--a revolution that changes something fundamental about society as a whole. This can include changes in technology (the Green Revolution, the Industrial Revolution), changes in social mores (The Civil Rights Movement) or culture (The Sexual Revolution).

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