Daniel Chirot, “You Say You Want a Revolution?

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 7 March 2022 | 1h 26m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Daniel Chirot about his book You Say You Want a Revolution?: Radical Idealism and Its Tragic Consequences. Discusses why so many revolutions of modern times ended in bloody tragedies. Backgrounds the French Revolution of the eighteenth century to the Mexican, Russian, German, Chinese, anticolonial, and Iranian revolutions of the twentieth. Argues that moderate solutions to serious social, economic, and political problems were overwhelmed by radical ideologies that promised simpler, drastic remedies.

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