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Viva La Revolution!: The Story of People Power in 30 Revolutions

Viva La Revolution!: The Story of People Power in 30 Revolutions [Kindle Edition]

Derry Nairn
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Revolution is in the air. Throughout the Middle East, across Europe, America and beyond, 2011 wasa year of mass uprising – of communal protest, sometimes violent suppression and above all a burning desire for change. Yet these events are not without precedent. History is rich with stories of people power in action, some immortalised in national myths, others long forgotten or victims of repressive censors. From Spartacus’ famous uprising against the Romans in 73BC to the Arab Spring of 2011, 'Viva la Revolution!' spans centuries and continents to examine 30 revolutions that have forged global superpowers, shaken empires, brought a halt to oppression, upended social divisions, established the first independent black nation and given birth to cultures, ideologies and idols. Alongside era-defining events such as the French and American revolutions, Derry Nairn brings to light hidden protests and assesses the continued importance of revolutions – such as the Irish uprising of 1798 – that ultimately failed, but which nevertheless help us understand our modern world in revolt.

About the Author

Derry Nairn is a historian and freelance writer. A graduate of City University London and Waseda University in Tokyo, he is former staff member and regular contributor to the UK's leading history magazine, History Today. He lives in Ireland, and can be found online at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 513 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1907642404
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson (25 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071B719Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fascinating 11 Jan 2012
By mike
For anyone who has read a Steve Jones or Stephen Jay Gould on the subject of evolution, Nairn is the scintillating equivalent when it comes to history. He is able to distill for the reader vast amounts of historical fact and translate it into engaging and revealing portraits of 30 revolutions, relating each to what is happening in the world today. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Viva La Revolution 11 Mar 2012
By Daniel
This is a great read! It couldn't be more relevant to what is going on in the world today.You can pick this book and put it down as you please, and it is accessible to everyone, not just historians. Would strongly recommend this book!
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