THE study of revolutionary movements and revolutions again involves a difficult combination of problems. The concepts themselves are very vague in both cases. The approach must largely be interdisciplinary. Yet the questions themselves are fundamental to the study of politics, especially if we should go beyond the traditional study of Western democracies where revolutions are at present not part of the normal political procedure. Outside the West they are more frequent and most elucidating.

There are two reasons for the vagueness of the concepts. In the first place, the definitions are anything ...

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