• Unit 1: What is Revolution?

    How do we define revolution? Historians have debated the definition since the great political revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries. Most scholars agree that dramatic transformations of political systems of a nation, often accompanied by violence, qualify as a revolution, but few agree about the fundamental factors that cause revolutions. In this unit, we examine various types of revolutions and evaluate theoretical models that seek to explain the cause and consequence of revolution. We consider how to use these theoretical models to help make sense of history and how they sometimes hinder understanding.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 4 hours.

    • 1.1: Types of Revolution

    • 1.2: Theory and History: Influential Analytic Models for Interpreting Revolutionary Change

    • 1.3: Evaluating Competing Analyses of Revolutionary Change

    • Unit 1 Assessment