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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Revolution and World Politics

The Rise and Fall of the Sixth Great Power

ISBN 9780333653289
Publication Date August 1999
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

The relation of revolutions to international relations is central to modern history. Revolutions have, as much as war or nationalism, shaped the development of world politics. Equally, revolutions have been, in cause, ideology and consequence, international events. By putting the international politics of revolution centre stage, Fred Halliday's book makes a major contribution to the understanding of both revolution and world politics.

FRED HALLIDAY is Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics.

Introduction: Revolutions and the International
The Rise and Decline of 'Revolution' 1789-1989: History and Theory
Internationalism in Theory: A World-Historical Vision
Internationalism in Practice: Export of Revolution
The Antinomies of Revolutionary Foreign Policy
The International as Cause
The International Dimensions of Revolution: Myths and Theories
Responses in the System: Counter-Revolution and Containment
Revolutions and War
Systemic Constraints: Revolutionary 'Transformation' and Autarky
International Relations: Competing Theories
Revolutions in World Politics.


[A] thoughtful, well-informed review of interactions between revolutions and international politics from the sixteenth century to the collapse of European communism.' – Charles Tilly, Columbia University
'[D]azzling in scope and brimming with historical insights ... ' – Robert S. Snyder, The Review of Politics
' ... this book will be read with profit by students and scholars, and perhaps – one hopes – the occasional policymaker as well.' – Brendan Simms, The Times Higher Education Supplement
'Fred Halliday's Revolution and World Politics is a must for anyone who wants to understand what internationalism meant in this century, and how revolutions affected the world situation.' – Eric Hobsbawm, New Statesman & Society
'Fred Halliday's book is to be welcomed as one of the few studies that take revolution as in essence an international phenomenon ... This is a splendid book, superbly executed and full of insights into every aspect of revolution from every period of revolutionary history from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries ... whatever the future of revolution, Halliday's book makes out as strong a case as can be imagined for its importance in shaping the world in which we now live.' – Krishan Kumar, University of Virginia, International Relations and Organizations
'[A]n extremely stimulating and long-overdue book ... [W]ill be read with profit by students and scholars, and perhaps – one hopes – the occasional policy-maker as well.' – Brendan Simms, Times Higher Education Supplement
'[A] major original work ... Halliday's book is impressive not just as a work of analytical scholarship, but because it is written ... with an ear for [revolutions'] voices of aspiration and hope ... and with a feeling for their constraints and contradictions ... without being in the least apologetic or uncritical. He goes back and forth between different centuries and different continents with the sureness of someone familiar with all the rooms of the vast, and rather ruined, house of revolutions.' – Göran Therborn, New Left Review
'Revolution is an overused political term, and one of the great merits of this major new study is Halliday's ability to cut through the forest and provide some light ... Halliday writes dispassionately and with great insight and knowledge about the theory and practice of revolution.' – Andrew Gamble, Times Literary Supplement
'[A] thought-provoking study.' – The Economist
'[T]his excellent and highly readable book makes a cogent case. [T]he best book yet to show how revolutions and world politics are deeply intertwined, and that to a far greater degree than has generally been granted, the conflicts, energies and ideas released in revolutions have shaped world politics over several centuries.' – Jack Goldstone, Millennium
'[A] bold attempt to compare all the world's major revolutions of the past few centuries and evaluate the continuing significance of the entire phenomenon ... .[S]traddling academic specialisms as sure-footedly as it does centuries and continents ... Halliday's is a truly global overview – and the most stimulating study of its subject to appear in many years.' – Stephen Howe, New Statesman
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