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Anatomy of a Revolution

Anatomy of a Revolution

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American and French Revolution
Anatomy of a Revolution
 
Crane Brinton’sCrane Brinton’s
 Anatomy  Anatomy of aof a
He borrowed his terms fromHe borrowed his terms frompathology.pathology.Compares a revolution to aCompares a revolution to afever or a disease:fever or a disease:
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 The revolutionary “fever” The revolutionary “fever”begins with the appearancebegins with the appearanceof certain “symptoms.”of certain “symptoms.
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It proceeds by advances andIt proceeds by advances andretreats to a crisis stage, orretreats to a crisis stage, or“delirium.”“delirium.”
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 The crisis ends when the The crisis ends when the“fever” breaks.“fever” breaks.
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A period of convalescenceA period of convalescencefollows, interrupted by afollows, interrupted by arelapse or two before therelapse or two before the
 
Crane Brinton: ConditionsCrane Brinton: ConditionsPresent Before a RevolutionPresent Before a Revolution
1.1.
People from all social classes arePeople from all social classes arediscontented.discontented.
2.2.
People feel restless and held down byPeople feel restless and held down byunacceptable restrictions in society, religion,unacceptable restrictions in society, religion,the economy or the govt.the economy or the govt.
3.3.
People are hopeful about the future, but theyPeople are hopeful about the future, but theyare being forced to accept less than they hadare being forced to accept less than they hadhoped for.hoped for.
4.4.
People are beginning to think of themselvesPeople are beginning to think of themselvesas belonging to a social class, and there is aas belonging to a social class, and there is agrowing bitterness between social classes.growing bitterness between social classes. 

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