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A revolution can be defined as many things. And many historians have attempted it in the past. The most accurate depiction of a revolution, in my opinion, was written by Chalmers Johnson in the 1960's. He stated that a revolution takes place when the dysfunction of an existing government and its decay gives rise to another power group taking control. I believe this to be most accurate because if a government were not dysfunctional or decaying, then it would be most difficult for an inferior group of power to effectively overthrow it. A revolutionary party would not have formed to start with if the government was doing an effective and satisfactory job of providing for its people.
Other theories of revolution include one by Crane Brinton, stating that revolution is a process. His idea of revolution was an overthrow of power, which led to extremists coming to power, then subsiding into a more moderate time. While this theory does a most proficient job of describing some revolutions, it is far to specific to define revolutions in a generalized perspective.
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Karl Marx, Chalmers Johnson, Peter Amann, Crane Brinton, Peter Calvert,
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