The Spread of Revolution

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When do protests spread across national borders? Why do protests sometimes succeed and sometimes do not succeed even in very similar conditions?

Instructions

  1. Consider the case of the recent events in Tunisia and Egypt. Why did protests spread from Tunisia to Egypt but not, say, to China?
  2. Consider the case of the "color revolutions." Many countries have had rigged or otherwise unfair elections in the 2000s. (Can you make a list?). But mass protest has only followed some of these rigged elections, and then it has been successful in removing the government in power in only some cases. What determines whether protests gather steam after a fraudulent election? What determines whether they succeed in removing the government from power? And what determines whether or not a viable democratic regime emerges after mass protests?
  3. Should mass protests that succeed in driving a government from power be called "revolutions"? Why or why not?

Resources

  1. Articles in our bibliography tagged colour revolutions and some of those tagged revolution might be a good starting point for research on this topic.


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Nation refers to a shared history, language, culture or common descent of different peoples. Border is a line that divides one territory from another. Borders create the boundary of individual countries. Nation, not country and border is often the factor that can lead to rapid spread of revolution between neighbouring countries. But not every set of protests occurs in the same nation by this definition - xmarquez xmarquez Mar 2, 2011