9 Historic Revolutions

9 Historic Revolutions

A Study in Political and Economic Evolution

By Howard Sherman

This book describes with fascinating detail what happened in the nine greatest revolutions of history. It also explains a progressive theory of history derived from the chapters on the revolutions. Finally, it shows how to apply the theory to the present.

Paperback, 220 Pages


November 2020

£13.50, $17.50

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About This Book

In concrete terms, the author has been facinated by the many powerful revoutions that have occured during his own lifetime. It is a mystery to many writers exactly how history evolves through different stages of society. REVOLUTION answers this question by looking at the excitng events and different group relationshships that have powered each revolution. 

The revolutions revealed in this book include the Neolithic revolution of prehistoric times, the crises and the end of the Roman empire, the rise of feudilsm and serfdom in England and the path was followed to end feudlaism in England forever. The book shows how France went through a bloody revolution against the feudal Lords which resulted in the beginnings of democracy and capitalism throughout Europe. 

The complex and difficult revolution against Brittish emperialism iun India is revealed and stand as a sign as an example of many anti colonial revolutions that later occured throughout the world. The revolutionary path then goes through China and Russia.

Finally, the patterns of these revolutions in their orgins activity and final explosive activity are examined to see how they all behaved in certain similiar manners- even though the conditions were entirely different in each era. The last chapter in the book present social movements and conflicts as a concluding historical event.


It would be an understatement to warn readers that Professor Sherman’s latest book is wide ranging and encyclopedic in scope. Sherman takes readers through nine historic revolutions dating from the Neolithic revolution in the Mideast in 4000 BC to the Chinese Revolution in the mid-twentieth century, and provides a framework for understanding the roles played by technology, class conflict, and social institutions in all these social revolutions. Readers intrigued by social stability and change seeking to understand the forces at play today will find this book, written by someone with a lifetime of experience studying and promoting struggles for progressive social change, both provocative and enlightening. — Robin Hahnel, Professor Emerita, Portland State University

Professor Howard Sherman has provided us with an eminently readable introduction to the process of historical evolution. He lays out, in clear prose, the conditions and consequences of the nine most revolutionary episodes in human history, the disjuncture of the current moment, and the possibility of a progressive, socialist, alternative. — Mayo Toruño, Professor Emeritus, California State University, San Bernardino

In this impressive work, Howard Sherman uses his mastery of historical analysis and institutional methodology to examine nine of the most important revolutions in world history. He then applies lessons learned from this history to the prospects for progressive change in the US today. A book not to be missed. — Marty Wolfson, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Notre Dame

Author Information

Howard J. Sherman is a professor of Economics Emeritus at University of California, Riverside. He is also visiting Reasearcher at Department of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles.


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Table of Contents

Foreword; Acknowledgments; 1 Class Conflict and the Path to Revolution; 2 Prehistoric Communal Clans (Middle East); 3 Revolution from Communal Equality to Slavery (Middle East); 4 Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Revolution from Slavery to Feudalism; 5 The English Revolution (1640– 60): From Feudalism to Capitalism; 6 The American Revolution (1776): From Colony to Capitalism; 7 French Revolution (1789): From Feudalism to Capitalism; 8 American Civil War (1861): Revolution from Slavery to Capitalism; 9 Anti-colonial Revolutions for Independence Such as India; 10 The Russian Revolution; 11 The Chinese Revolution; 12 Patterns of Revolution; 13 The Progressive Theory of Revolution; 14 The Present as History; Bibliography; Index.


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