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Political Science
POLI 211
Fillippo Sabetti

- russia revolution of 1918 was due to marixism - theory of revolutions appealed to marxism/communism - their social base was not an industrial base (peasant communism, difference in china and russia though) - revolutions contribute to mass globalization but they also can lead to brutal and oppressive political regimes - mexican revolution is slight different because it was a culmination of a liberation from colonialism - it wasn't made on those kind of ideological grounds - iranian revolution is less about class struggle and modernization and more on asserting national identity which is lead in turn to extreme forms of conformity and human rights violations - variations in revolutions - variations in outcomes and accomplishments of these revolutions - as a rule, the paradox of revolution prevails, there is social mobilization and brutal oppressive regimes Exploitation and resistance - elliot reading, personal geography, old time bombay - james scott piece: - attempt to understand what can the weak do - "the weapons of the weak" - each form of labor control/payment is likely to generate its own distinctive form of quiet resistance and counter-appropriation - resistance is not necessarily directed at the immediate source of appropriation - resistance as thought and symbol - brings us back to stationary bandits - large scale peasant uprisings are few and far between - better to focus on everyday forms of local resistance from those who resist to have labor, food, tax, and rents extracted - what are human beings to do when faced with oppressive regimes (colonial or post colonial regimes) - opens the way for a better understanding of the challenge of how you move from one political system (colonial) to another, how the repertoire of domination and liberation can be very difficulty experimental developers repertoire of domination and liberation: - india - ¼ of india lives on about a US $1 a day, ½ of all women are illiterate - india = improbable democracies - can poverty coexist with democracy? - what does the india case add to our knowledge of transplating institutions like the westminster model and british system of government - class differences continue to exist - himilayas serve as the northern border - indus - variations in the agricultural productions - heavy rains - weather historically worked again
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