This is a monumentally thorough and insightful discussion of the issue of the 'bourgeois revolution', including as it goes along a detailed history of the modern phenomenon of 'revolution', rare in world history prior to the rise of modernity. Perhaps we see its birth in Archaic Greece, or else some unknown episodes in the history of the Egyptian dynasties, and Sumerian city-states. But the 'revolutionary phenomenon' is born in the early modern, but ambiguously, as the class mixtures cojoin and then divide in the fight for freedom. The issue becomes critical in the phase of 'economic revolution', so-called, liberating the bourgeoisie to capitaliat 'economic freedom', as a rapidly developing stage of renewed social domination. The issue is present from the beginning of the modern transition, witness the contrasting realizations of Luther and Munzer, the Reformation and the early German social revolution. It is a hard truth that the mighty Luther and his peers exhude very soon an aura of the 'bourgeois revolution', a preposterous charge, at first sight. But the fate of Munzer at the hands of the religious revolutionaries closes the case. And the distinction already haunts the English Civil War. So the transparent application of the term to the French Revolution, in the emerging understanding of the need to bring a class analysis to the bare perception of revolutionary idealism. In some ways the issue becomes transparent with the conceptualization of a distinction, with proletarian revolution, and the era of the 1848 revolutions shows the birth of 'revolution 2.0' in the disorderly revolutionary confusion of that year, to which Marx and Engels were witnesses. The distinction comes to the fore and is explicit in the Russian revolution, although the nature of the Leninist continuation is problematical, in its appropriation of the term 'dictatorship of the proletariat'. The problem in this distinctiion is the leftist tendency to divorce the democratic/rights revolutions from the revolutionary strategy in the name of the 'bourgeois revolution superceded'. In fact the 'end of history', pace Fukuyama's propanda coup, basically the bourgeois revolution in excelsis, is all too obvious the 'next, and greater, revolution', prophesied by Babeuf, but one that is the realization of the essence of the revolutionary initiative as democracy coming into being in a postcapitalist context. This book is monumentally detailed, and deserves a close reading (and maybe a second). Superb study, and important reading (with, most probably, a second reading needed).