Jul 2013 16

What has urbanization got to do with a revolution’s chances of success? If Joshua Keating is right, what does it say about Tibet, a least urbanized country in the midst of a revolution against foreign occupation? Read this interesting piece in Foreign Policy Magazine that argues, or rather speculates, that revolutions perhaps have a higher chance of success in cities compared to villages.

“Cities are problems for authoritarian control, the traditional narrative goes, because by concentrating large masses of people, they improve communication networks, allowing anti-establishment sentiment to spread. In physical terms, dense neighborhoods are also ideal centers of resistance, easily blocked by barricades and featuring plenty of hiding places. To counter this, the wide boulevards of capitals like Washington, Paris, and Beijing have a practical as well as aesthetic purpose: allowing easy movement of police or the military in times of civil disturbance.”

Read the full article: “Why Dictators Should Fear Big Cities.”

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