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date: 17 February 2020

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This article presents a neo-Tocquevillian perspective of revolutions. It begins by defining revolution and views modernization as a characteristic of revolution. Demography and state modernization are discussed in the following two sections. It then determines when state modernization gives rise to revolution and some of its open and closed outcomes. This article shows that revolutions occur only when the old regime commits itself to state modernization.

Keywords: neo-Tocquevillian perspective, revolution, modernization, demography, state modernization, old regime

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