Once of central importance to left historians and activists alike, the
concept of the bourgeois revolution” has recently come in for sustained
criticism from both Marxists and conservatives. In this comprehensive
rejoinder, Neil Davidson seeks to answer the question, How revolutionary
were the bourgeois revolutions? by systematically examining the
approach taken by a wide range of thinkers to explain their causes,
outcomes, and content across the historical period from the
sixteenth-century Reformation to twentieth-century decolonization.
Through far-reaching research and comprehensive analysis, Davidson
demonstrates that there is much at stakefar from being a stale issue
for the history books, understanding these struggles of the past can
offer insightful lessons for today’s radicals.