Welcome to our Age of Revolutions Bibliographies page!
In 2016, we asked experts to recommend the top five books that newcomers to their fields should consult. Their lists resulted in our reading lists for Atlantic Revolutions, American Revolution, French Revolution, Haitian Revolution, and Cuban Revolution.
In an effort to provide a greater guide to scholarship in the field, we’ve created the following bibliographies of seminal texts:
Here are some general books about revolution:
Arendt, Hannah. On Revolution. Penguin Books, 1963.
Auslander, Leora. Cultural Revolutions: Everyday Life and Politics in Britain, North America, and France.University of California Press, 2009.
Baker, Keith Michael and Dan Edelstein. Scripting Revolution: A Historical Approach to the Comparative Study of Revolutions. Stanford University Press, 2015.
Barcia, Manuel. The Great African Slave Revolt of 1825: Cuba and the Fight for Freedom in Matanzas. LSU Press, 2012.
Best, Geoffrey, War and Society in Revolutionary Europe, 1770-1870. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1998.
Brinton, Crane. The Anatomy of Revolution. Reprint. Vintage, 1965
Censer, Jack. Debating Modern Revolution: The Evolution of Revolutionary Ideas. Bloomsbury, 2016.
Ellis, H. Generational Conflict and University Reform: Oxford in the Age of Revolution. Brill, 2012.
Foran, John, ed. Theorizing Revolution. Routledge, 1997.
Goldstone, Jack ed. The Encyclopedia of Political Revolutions. Congressional Quarterly, 1998.
— ed. Revolutions: Theoretical, Comparative and Historical Studies. Wadsworth, 2008.
—. Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World. Routledge, 2016.
—. Revolutions: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Hawthorne, Walter. From Africa to Brazil: Culture, Identity, and an Atlantic Slave Trade, 1600-1830 (African Studies). Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Hobsbawm, Eric. The Age of Revolution, 1789-1848. Vintage, 1996.
Jones, Colin and Dror Wahrman, eds. The Age of Cultural Revolutions: Britain and France, 1750-1820. University of California Press, 2002.
Lenin, V.I. The State and Revolution. Penguin edition, 1993.
Lovejoy, Paul E. Jihad in West Africa During the Age of Revolution. Ohio University Press, 2016.
Malia, Martin. History’s Locomotives: Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World. Yale University Press, 2006.
Parker, David, ed. Revolutions and the Revolutionary Traditions in the West 1560-1991. Routledge, 2000.
Skocpol, Theda. States and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of France, Russia, and China. Cambridge University Press, 1979.
Tilly, Charles. European Revolutions 1492-1992. Wiley-Blackwell, 1996.
Title image: Benjamin Franklin by David Rent Etter, after Charles Willson Peale, after David Martin (1835)
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