Cuban and Chinese Revolution Comparison

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In A Dictionary of Sociology, Gordon Marshall defines rebellion/revolution as "Relatively rare but historically important events in which an entire social and political order is overturned, usually by violent means." He continues to say that while a rebellion is only the replacement of one ruling group by another, a revolution also has the new governing elite making fundamental changes. Both the Chinese Revolution of 1949 and the Cuban Revolution of 1959 completely fit the definition of …

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…dependent country suffers, and the people suffer as well. Revolutions may improve conditions and lift oppression, but not for an extended period of time. In the end, unless a new stable government is quickly established, the country will be worse off than it was before. A lot of people die, and not much changes. As G.B. Shaw wrote, "Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny; they have only shifted it to another shoulder."