Revolutions from the Bastille to the Arab Spring

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September 24, 2011 @ 9:15 am
September 24, 2011 @ 4:30 pm
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Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States

BastilleEver since the eighteenth century, modern revolutionaries have continued to challenge existing power structures to overthrow the old order and to make the world anew. In this seminar, we will discuss the legacy of the French and American Revolutions on national identities and human rights; review the unintended but wide-reaching revolution of Mikhail Gorbachev’s Perestroika and Glasnost; and explore the commonalities, particulars, and responses to 2011’s “Arab Spring.” In the panel discussion, our scholars will ask what makes, shapes, or breaks revolutions.

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