The Revolution

Major Political Shifts in History

A Political Revolution?

According to the Trotskyist theory, a political revolution is "an upheaval in which the government is replaced, or the form of government is altered, but in which property relations are predominantly intact." Political revolutions occur throughout history. They are usually the result of poor or oppressive government (Watkins). However, some revolutions are viewed in a positive way rather than in a negative way. Whatever the situation, these revolutions have shaped history to become what it is today.

A Closer Look Into the Haitian Revolution!

The French Revolution of 1789 not only propelled all of Europe into a war, but also touched off slave uprisings in the Caribbean. On Saint Domingue, the free people of color began the chain of rebellion when French planters would not grant them citizenship as decreed by the National Assembly of France in its "Declaration of the Rights of Man."
"A bloody, thirteen-year revolution ensued, a complex web of wars among and between slaves, whites, free people of color, France, Spain and Britain that would eventually create the first independent black nation in the Western world" (PBS). The revolution was actually a series of conflicts during the period 1791–1804 that involved shifting alliances of Haitian slaves, affranchis, mulattoes, and colonists, as well as British and French army troops.

Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs?



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