Emotion, Belief & Protest Revolution

If you’re curious about protest revolutions, (former) Soviet political culture, and the Caucasus, check out my book: Popular Mobilization and Empowerment in Georgia’s Rose Revolution

It’s based on study and interviews I conducted during four trips to Georgia, from 2001 to 2009. It’s also different from what other people have written about the Rose Revolution. They look at it “from above,” but I was more interested in the point of view of ordinary citizens.

Georgians were typically cynical and apathetic toward politics, for good reason, so I wondered how activists managed to motivate so many of them to go stand on the streets in cold, rainy weather to protest against election fraud. The fraud always happened, so why make such a big deal about it this time? Many people also felt powerless to do anything about it. But then something changed….

click here to read part of the introduction

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