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REVOLUTION IN THE 20TH CENTURY The fundamental premise of a revolution is that the existing social structure has become incapable of solving the urgent problems of development of the nation Leon Trotsky Russian Revolutionary Throughout the twentieth century every society in the world was characterised by massive inequality there were huge differences in wealth between the elite and the mass of peasants and labourers even in countries where there was a major rise in living standards During the second half of the nineteenth century many people not just the Marxists socialist and revolutionaries believed that the survival of unequal societies was unlikely and that the poor would revolt against such degradation and try to create a new society with a more classless social economic and political structure However one of the strangest phenomena of the twentieth century was the lack of revolution the survival of political structures and the acceptance of inequality During the twentieth century none of the so-called great powers France Germany Great Britain experienced social and economic revolution because firstly the industrial workers who are normally the most radical group on account of their level of exploitation never constituted a majority in any society Secondly these workers were divided amongst themselves and there were strong differences of interest between the skilled and unskilled Many industrial communities were also introverted and isolated from each other Thirdly most workers were mainly interested in specific improvements to their own living and working conditions and in these richer states these improvements were achieved along with welfare systems of pensions insurance and healthcare Dreams of international solidarity amongst the proletariat faded in August 1914 when workers placed nationalism above working-class unity Revolution in the twentieth century when it did occur was a phenomenon of the primarily peasant societies in contrast to Marxs theories It did not happen as a result of deep-seated social and economic forces still less as a consequence of the
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