Comparative Studies in Society and History


Theories of Revolution and Race Relations*

Leo Kupera1

a1 University of California, Los Angeles

Most contemporary theories of revolution are derived from the analysis of conflict between social classes in racially homogeneous societies, and they may not be very illuminating when applied to situations of revolutionary struggle between racial groups. This is the problem I discuss in the present paper, and my purpose, in general, is to raise some questions concerning the applicability of theories of class revolution to racial revolution.


* The research on which this paper is based was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. I would like to acknowledge gratefully this support, help from my research assistant Sondra Hale, and criticism of an earlier draft by Sam Surace.