Lecture Notes

This page contains lecture slides from presentations accompanying some class sessions.

Part One: Introduction
Week 1: What is a Revolution?
1 Introduction (PDF)
2 Recitation: definitions of revolution
Part Two: Inventing the People
Weeks 2-4: Athenian Revolution
3 Introduction to inventing the people (PDF - 3.4 MB)
4 Oligarchy, democracy, and tyranny: 600-400 BC (PDF)
6 The emergence of the Athenian demos: 594 BC (PDF)
7 Popular action and constitutional reform: 508/7 BC (PDF)
9 Democracy top to bottom: 462-450 BC (PDF)
Weeks 5-6: Atlantic Revolutions
12 French Revolution (PDF - 7.3 MB)
14 Haitian Revolution (PDF - 4.8 MB)
Part Three: Inventing the Modern State
Weeks 7-8: Russian Revolution
16 Introduction to inventing the modern state: empires, states, and peoples in Russia and China (PDF)
17 Russia's ancien regime; 19th century revolutionary traditions; the Revolution of 1905 (PDF)
19 1917: the Bolshevik seizure of power (PDF - 2.5 MB)
20 The Bolsheviks consolidate their rule; the end of revolution? 1917-1926 (PDF - 4.2 MB)
Weeks 9-11: Chinese Revolution
22 The Qing dynasty and Western imperialism (PDF)
23 The collapse of the Qing and creation of the Republic, 1911-1927 (PDF)
25 The Nationalist Party and the War of Resistance against Japan (PDF - 1.6 MB)
26 The Communist Party, the Yenan way, and the Civil War, 1927-1949 (PDF)
28 The Maoist era, 1949-1976; reform and the end of revolution? (PDF)