Acta Universitatis Danubius. Relationes Internationales, Vol 9, No 2 (2016)

Re-Appraising Revolution and Change in International Politics: A Case Study of America Revolution 1776, French Revolution 1789 and Russian Revolution 1917

Oluwatobi Babatunde Njoaguani, Rosemary Oyinlola Popoola


Change and continuity are characteristics of human history.  Strategic change in any society has significant impacts that becomes reference points for similar transformation in the near future. Fundamentally, the numerous internal upheavals that characterized North Africa and Middle East that culminated in a change of government in these countries has raised fundamental question about subject of change and revolution. Such questions include: is every change a revolution and does every revolution culminate in  a change? what are the distinguishing features of change and the significance of such change for contemporary international politics? Using secondary data derived from books, and journals, the paper therefore examines the revolution and change in international politics drawing from historical examples of America and France Revolution. Also, noting the causes and implications of these of revolution on International Relations. It also seeks to  distinguish between socio-political upheaval and  internal disruptions that may culminate in change from revolution , that is, a vital change that affects institution, structure and value system of a  society. The paper recommends a cautious use of the term revolution from change of government


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