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Revolutions: theory, practice and politics

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A workshop on the theory and practice of revolution for historians.

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This online workshop, hosted by SGSAH and the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Edinburgh, gives research students the opportunity to explore the theory and practice as revolution. The workshop is led by Dr Emile Chabal (Edinburgh) and Dr Mike Rapport (Glasgow). There will be two sessions on the same day, with a break for lunch.

The first session will enable students to explore some of the theories of revolution and will involve a discussion of some classic texts in the history of revolution and revolutionary theory. Some texts will be provided in advance of the workshop for this session.

This will be followed by the second session in which participants will each present for five minutes on an example of a modern revolution, or on a particular theme, problem or dimension of revolution. These case studies may be related to their own research or be prepared in advance specifically for the workshop. The discussion can be used to connect these examples to the theoretical approaches considered in the first session.

The aim of the workshop is to enable students to explore together the extent to which ‘revolution’ is a useful concept for historians who want to understand moments of radical political change.

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