Gender Voting - Revolution
Rosie Campbell, Lecturer in Research Methods at Birkbeck College, University of London, discusses her research into masculine and feminine perspectives on politics, and the different ways in which men and women evaluate the policies put forward by the political parties.
George Bernard Shaw said that “revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder” and the French Revolution with its guillotines, The Terror and finally Napoleon would seem to give the argument strength – as would Stalin in Russian. But are we doing revolution a disservice? Is it outsiders and counter-revolutionaries that cause all the problems? Laurie Taylor talks to Mike Haynes, the author of a new study which claims that revolutions are a useful and inevitable engine of social progress and to David Wootton, Professor of History at the University of York. The English Revolution brought parliamentary sovereignty and the French revolution lead – eventually – to the abolition of slavery. Are revolutions violent and abhorrent or glorious and misunderstood?