The Crowd in the Iranian Revolution of 1977-79

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An interesting lecture by Prof. Ervand Abrahamian, one of the most important scholars of modern Iranian politics on the nature and role of the crowd in the course of the Iranian revolution...


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Another bad way of formulating the problem of Iranian Revolution

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Following Samuel Huntington’s model of revolution, Ervand Abrahamian concludes that the revolution took place neither because of over development nor because of underdevelopment but because of uneven development.

Huntington notes, “most societies…suffer a loss of political community and decay of political institutions during the most intense phases of
modernization (1968:4).”

Abrahamian applies this lead-lag model to the Iranian case, maintaining that this increasing gap between the state and civil society eventually led to the outbreak of the revolution (1982:435).

By this standard one might reasonably argue that revolution should have happened by now almost in all modernizing societies, since most of them faces similar disjunction between their political institutionalization and modernization, but social revolutions have been rare in these countries.