By Perez Zagorin
Rebels and Rulers, 1500–1660 is a comparative ancient examine of revolution within the maximum royal states of Western Europe through the 16th and the 1st 1/2 the 17th centuries. Revolution as a normal challenge and the explanations and personality of revolution in early glossy Europe were one of the most generally mentioned and debated issues in heritage and the social sciences because the Forties. even if the topic of social and political unrest and revolution within the early sleek interval has obtained a lot awareness, and regardless of the life of a really huge literature dedicated to specific revolutions of the time, nobody has tried the huge comparative synthesis that's given by means of Professor Zarogin during this examine. quantity I of Rebels and Rulers provides a severe dialogue of other strategies and interpretations of revolution, together with Marxism. It experiences prior makes an attempt to house early glossy revolutions and indicates a typology acceptable to the latter. It then offers an in depth survey of the ancient context within which those revolutions happened: the social buildings of orders and estates, the political process of monarchy and the method of absolutist kingdom development, fiscal tendencies and fluctuations, and beliefs. the quantity concludes with an in depth therapy of peasant rebellions, particularly in Germany and France, and with an both shut examine city rebellions in France and the possessions of the Spanish monarchy, together with the revolution of the Comuneros in Castile.
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Gurr, Why men rebel, Princeton, 1971, 3, 3n. 6 A. , London, 1973; C. S. L. C. 24, 1 (1969). 7 B. -M. , Geneva, 1974; R. Pillorget, Les Mouvements insurrectionnels de Provence entre 1596 et iyis, Paris, 1975. V. L. Tapie (JLa France de Louis XIII et de Richelieu, Paris, 1967) has a useful review of the rebellions of Louis XIII's reign (1610-43). R. Mousnier, (Fureurs paysannes: Les Paysannes dans les revokes du XVII€ stick, Paris, 1968) provides a review of seventeenth-century French peasant revolts in part 1.
App. to pt. 3. These figures are derived from the tables for the respective countries in ibid. , table 47, 471, 486. The same data indicate that the sixteenth century is the eleventh most turbulent, the seventeenth century the eighth most turbulent, and the eighteenth century the fourteenth most turbulent. C. D. 1925 had a duration of less than a year. Further, "for the majority of countries taken separately the predominant type of disturbance is . . "22 I see no reason to doubt the substantial correctness of this conclusion or its applicability to the revolutions of the early modern era, although there are of course very notable exceptions and the importance of a rebellion is not necessarily measured by its length.
Levy, International encyclopedia of the social sciences, v. " 23 INTRODUCTION mon in social life and help explain why the prevalence of a conservative ideology in revolution does not necessarily preclude the possibility of substantive change or novelty as its outcome. 63 It would distinguish the whole from one of its parts (and an ill-defined part at that), as one might try, for example, to distinguish violence from war or mammals from whales. Such a procedure is clearly futile. Moreover, this attempt may be seen as a further consequence of the modern mythology of revolution, whose influence has proved so difficult to escape.