French Revolution vs. the Russian Revolution vs. Iranian Revolution

Illustrate your answer with examples drawn from the French Revolution (1789-99), the Russian Revolution (1917) and the Iranian Revolution (1979).
Key questions on concept of revolution:
Is revolution a negative or a positive concept?
Can there be revolutions when the governing regime does not change?
Can there be a ‘conservative’ revolution?
How does a ‘cultural revolution’ differ from a ‘political revolution?
Key issues/questions arising from the French revolution of 1789:
Why did the French Revolution occur?
Could it have been prevented by the authorities?
Why were attempts at political reform potentially dangerous for the ruling classes?
Why was there increased instability, violence and authoritarian rule in post-revolutionary France? (and threats of counter-revolution)
What was the impact on international relations of the French Revolution?
Key issues/questions arising from second Russian Revolution of 1917 (October):
Was Russia ready or suitable for revolution (given its primarily agricultural nature)?
Did revolution come from ‘above’ or ‘below’?
How significant was the role of the army in the events of 1917 in Russia?
How significant was the legacy of the Tsar and the role of the Provisional Government? (why could political reform be a sign of weakness?)
Why did the Bolsheviks seize power in October (November) 1917 but not in the first revolution?
What was the significance of Lenin and Trotsky’s roles in the revolutionary activities of 1917?
What does it mean by the ‘Bolshevization’ of key institutions? (Haslam, 1981)
What did Lenin learn from the 1871 Paris Commune in terms of dealing with opponents?
What was the significance of bureaucratic control for Lenin (‘The State and Revolution’, 1917)?
What was the impact on international relations of the Russian Revolution?
Key issues/questions arising from Iranian Revolution of 1979:
What were the main causes of the 1979 revolution in Iran?
How did the issue of ‘leadership’ impact on the revolution?
What was the significance of foreign forces and culture in the revolution?
How can the Iranian revolution be viewed as a ‘conservative revolution’?
Assess the role of religion, as opposed to class, in this revolution.
What was the impact on international relations of the Iranian Revolution?

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