Economic crises and socio-political changes: protest, insurgent and revolutionary movements throughout history
Economic crises are a cyclical phenomenon in history. Their aspects and features are related to the nature of the economy, including in the transition periods. Indeed, through the historical stages economic crises are many and varied, according to their particular context. Their political and social consequences differ, depending both on the nature of the socioeconomic formation that characterizes their historical conditions and on the role of the hegemonic power in world economy and relations.
Economic crises have diverse socio-political consequences, not least by the different social responses, particularly from the most affected social groups. Indeed economic crises generate different types of socio-political reactions that vary in nature and scale. Some crises trigger a short term and spatially limited protest, while other crises lead to an insurgency against the established order: insurgency whose duration and scope depend on the crisis magnitude and depth. Some severe crises are related to the outbreak of an uprising that involves all segments of society, for a revolution or a counter-revolution resulting in the collapse of the established order and the building of a new socio-political order more consistent with the interests of ascending social forces.
Obviously, the impacts of crisis are also exerted by external factors, specifically since the emergence of the ‛world economy. In effect, hegemonic external forces in global economy and international relations act on the social reactions in the ‛peripheral countries. This external influence takes many forms including propaganda or even direct intervention in the course of events to contain the revolutionary movement, control the political elites and ease counter-revolution.
It is possible to approach the study of this topic around the following themes:
1) About terminology and typology of crises and revolutions
2) Historical cases of protest and rebellion movements
3) Revolution: process and typology throughout history
4) Consequences of the protest, rebellion or revolutionary movements:
a) Economic consequences and their implications
b) Social changes and their characteristics
c) Consequences on policies and international relations
d) Changes in cultural patterns and minds.
الجمعية التونسية المتوسطية للدراسات التاريخية و الاجتماعية و الاقتصادية
Tunisian-Mediterranean Association for Historical, Social and Economic Studies
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