Anatomies of Revolution

Some of the world's best-known and most acute scholars of revolution discuss the main themes that emerge from George Lawson's Anatomies of Revolution during this roundtable.

Recent years have seen renewed interest in the study of revolution. Spurred by ‘people power’ uprisings from Ukraine to Sudan, the rise of Islamic State, and the emergence of populism, a new age of revolution has generated considerable interest. Yet, even as empirical studies of revolutions are thriving, there has been a stall in theories of revolution. Anatomies of Revolution offers a novel account of how revolutions begin, unfold and end. By combining insights from International Relations, sociology, and global history, it outlines the benefits of a 'global historical sociology' of revolutionary change, one in which international processes take centre stage.

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Event recorded on 22 October 2019.

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Kimberly Hutchings is Professor of Politics and International Relations and Head of School at Queen Mary University, London.

Mary Kaldor is Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit at the Department of International Development, LSE.

George Lawson is Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE. His most recent book is Anatomies of Revolution.

Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University.

Ayça Çubukçu is Associate Professor in Human Rights and Co-Director of LSE Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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