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Revolutionary Change Paperback – 1 Jun 1982
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"A penetrating, illuminating, and gratifyingly concise attempt to bring some order out of chaos. . . . This is one of the handful of books published each year that should be read by every person concerned with man's social and political behavior. . . . The book is as much indebted to current thought in anthropology, economics, sociology, and social psychology as to that in political science and its reliance upon the insights of classical political philosophers such as Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau is also profound and explicitly stated. It is in his ability to combine meaningfully a large number of divergent theories and philosophies and to direct them toward the explanation of a particular phenomenon that Johnson is especially successful."
--Charles F. MacCormack
, Journal of International Affairs
"Of the definitions [of revolution] available, the most useful appears to be the one adopted by Chalmers Johnson. . . . Johnson's formulation seems reasonably exact and appropriate to all or most varieties of revolution, whatever their differences in aim, scale, or social character."
, Political Science Quarterly
―Charles F. MacCormack
,Journal of International Affairs
,Political Science Quarterly
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A bit dry at times, but every section is critical to understanding the next. A must read for any special operations leader, or anyone studying wars of the people.
From the book word for word CHPT 8 PG 156-157
"by demonstrating through apparently indiscriminate violence that the existing regime cannot protect the people nominally under its authority. The effect on the individual is supposedly not only anxiety, but withdrawal from the relationships making up the established order of society. .... usually has the opposite effect of calling people's attention to the seriousness of the situation and encouraging them to support any strong reassertion of authority"
"..provoke the ruling elites into a disastrous overreaction, thereby creating widespread sentiment against them. ...transform the political situation of the country into a military situation. That will alienate the masses, who, from then on, will revolt against the army and the police and blame them for this state of things."
Its a good book. I recomend it for sociology student but for the typical reader, you might have a problem with all the sociology jargon.
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