According to Gurr (1970), “A general explanation of political violence can become a guide to action […] It can be used to evaluate, for political purposes, the “revolutionary potential” of specific nations, and to estimate the effects of various actions on that potential.” (pp.
ix-x) As Gurr indicates, the ability to analyse revolutions is powerful in depicting the revolutionary potential of states.
Together these theorists provide comprehensive insight into the modernist thesis of rebellion, which help explain how and why the Egyptian Revolution occurred.
Although the revolution encompasses a plethora of typology such as gender violence or religious violence, the violence (and non-violence) theories of revolution itself are particularly relevant for contemporary political violence studies.
“The slum-dwellers of Cairo did not join hand in hand, Muslim and Christian, and march to Tahrir and stay there for days because of social media […] The revolutions in north Africa have been social, political and real – not virtual.
[…] But the journalist, like the historian, has to look beyond the presented causes and come up with answers that may be at odds with the way participants understand the events.” (Mason: LSE online, 2012) 2011, inspired by the seeming success of their Tunisian neighbours, was the start of an 18-day revolution that toppled a dictator of over thirty years.Tip: Sign In to save these choices and avoid repeating this across devices.You can always update your preferences in the Privacy Centre.In the context of Egypt’s political history, group conflict must be viewed on an increasingly broad scale and must be understood within an historical context.Secondly, examining Gurr’s proposition of relative deprivation, this essay will explore how growing anger towards Mubarak’s regime contributed to both an experienced and perceived relative deprivation for Egyptians.According to Haass (2011), “Egypt was ripe for revolution; dramatic change would have come at some point in the next few years, even absent the spark of Tunisia or the existence of social media.” (p.155) The revolution combines key political dimensions of all the uprisings in the ‘Arab Spring’; corruption, dictatorship, regime change, military power, censorship, human rights abuses, religious tensions and political oppression.These aspects amounted to Mubarak’s eventual downfall but examining the violence that occurred in Egypt has wider implications upon global society.This content was written by a student and assessed as part of a university degree.E-IR publishes student essays & dissertations to allow our readers to broaden their understanding of what is possible when answering similar questions in their own studies.Firstly, an assessment of group conflicts to explain why rebellions occur and what constitutes a revolution.It is not possible to assess the Egyptian revolution without considering it within the context of the Arab Spring, particularly links with the Tunisian uprising.