What is the difference between The American Revolution and the Arab spring ? – History, Politics & SocietyReport
This is a very legitimate question to raise. We should be wary in the terminology that we are using to address each of the two historical events. We have got revolution and Arab spring. I prefer to address the latter as ‘Arab Uprising’. However, Revolution in its sociological context is the radical change which occurs in a certain country whose main purpose is to alter the unwanted atmosphere prevailing in that nation ; usually this unwanted atmosphere is characterized by social inequity and authoritarianism.
Put differently, revolution is a path which is already determined to lead to a better destination. Revolution is a philosophy staged by well-educated people who are willing to walk through that path until the end. Uprising is another story. Let’s take Arab spring for example. People used to live in dystopian conditions, and still.
They have been angry at their regimes but they could not do anything not even surface their attitudes because their mouth are swaddled. After years of oppressed rage and after it had imploded inside their chests, they exploded publicly at their regimes.
What after ? After overthrowing a number of tyrannic rulers, ‘revolutionists’ found themselves colliding into their nations’ management of affairs. They realized their incapability of handling the issues of their nation. That is, it was just a burst needed to be surfaced no less no more, i twas a reaction no less no more.