Undoing the Revolution

Comparing Elite Subversion of Peasant Rebellions

Vasabjit Banerjee

 

Forthcoming.

Synopsis

Undoing the Revolution looks at the way rural underclasses ally with out-of-power elites to overthrow their governments—only to be shut out of power when the new regime assumes control. Vasabjit Banerjee first examines why peasants need to ally with dissenting elites in order to rebel. He then shows how conflict resolution and subsequent bargains to form new state institutions re-empower allied elites and re-marginalize peasants. Banerjee evaluates three different agrarian societies during distinct time periods spanning the twentieth century: revolutionary Mexico from 1910 to 1930; late-colonial India from 1920 until 1947; and White-dominated Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) from the mid-1960s to 1980.

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Author

Dr. Vasabjit Banerjee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Mississippi State University where he teaches comparative politics and international relations.