21h.001 - How to Stage a Revolution


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Welcome to the website for the Fall 2008 course, How to Stage a Revolution, offered through the MIT History Department (course number 21H.001). Here you will find general information about the course, links to assignments and other class materials, and a portal to other relevant websites. Please check back regularly for updates!
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Course Description
How do people overthrow their rulers? How do they establish new governments? Do radical upheavals require bloodshed, violence, or even terror? How have revolutionaries attempted to establish their ideals and realize their goals?

21H.001, a HASS-D, CI course, explores fundamental questions about the causes and nature of revolutions. We will look at a set of major political transformations throughout the world and across centuries to understand the meaning of revolution and evaluate its impact. By the end of the course, students will be able to offer reasons why some revolutions succeed and others fail. Materials for the course include the writings of revolutionaries, declarations and constitutions, music, films, art, novels, memoirs, and newspapers. For more information, please see the course syllabus.
W. Broadhead
williamb at mit.edu
J. Ravel
ravel at mit.edu
E. Wood
elizwood at mit.edu
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