Revolutionary Civil War: The Elements of Victory and Defeat

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Revolutionary Civil War: The Elements of Victory and Defeat

By David Wilkinson
Page-Ficklin, 1975
229 pp.
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Using eight cases that range from Rome 83-82 B.C. to the 1949 Communist victory in China, the author carefully distills in a theoretical framework the political and military factors that decide the outcome of revolutionary civil wars. "The price of victory," he concludes, "is a movement towards a militant, centralized, autocratic, and repressive regime."