History Extension: Harry Keller

Title of Major Work: The evolution of revolution and its causes throughout modern history.

Harry Keller has always found critical analysis interesting.

I have enjoyed learning about the way history has been written, particularly the flaws of the writers and their history is quite interesting to me,” he said.

“Learning that often historians are wrong and biased has changed the way I consume most history and media.”

His essay covers revolutionary France in the 18th Century, analysing its causes and comparing it with other future revolutions.

Harry’s synopsis:

The commonalities between the causes of revolutions have been compared and contrasted by many historians, however, rarely have these causes been compared with the modern day. This essay analyses and compares past revolutionary events and their causes and then analyses the modern United States of America under a revolutionary light.

This essay covers revolutionary France in the 18th Century, analysing its causes and comparing it with future revolutions. Historian George Lawson’s book Anatomy of a Revolution is not only used to look at the French revolution but also for definitions of revolution and their causes.

The next revolution which shall be explored in terms of both the past and the present is the 1979 Nicaraguan revolution, in which the Dictatorship of President Somoza was overthrown by socialist revolutionaries known as the Sandinistas. The lack of faith in institutions displayed during this revolution is used to compare with present day America.

The 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer’s results alongside reports on the 2020 BLM protests are used to compare the United States’ current social situation with those of France and Nicaragua.

Specifically, the levels of trust and faith the public has in its leadership and institutions. Ultimately this text draws a conclusion and explains why the United States of America can be considered to be in a time facing grand political change if not outright revolution.