21H.001 How to Stage a Revolution

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Explores fundamental questions about the causes and nature of revolutions by looking at how people overthrow their rulers and establish new governments. Considers a set of major political transformations throughout the world and across centuries to understand the meaning of revolution and evaluate its impact. Examines how revolutionaries have attempted to establish their ideals and realize their goals. Asks whether radical upheavals require bloodshed, violence, or even terror. Seeks to explain why some revolutions succeed and others fail. Materials include the writings of revolutionaries, declarations and constitutions, music, films, art, novels, memoirs, and newspapers.

This class has no prerequisites.

21H.001 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by P. Alimagham, M. Ghachem and C. Horan.

Lecture occurs 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 56-162.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS H. This class counts as a CI-H.

You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the How to Stage a Revolution site or on the 21H.001 Stellar site.

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