This volume re-examines the meaning of revolution as a useful concept in politics. It traces the history of the concept from its ancient beginnings, but especially in connection with the idea of progress since the French Revolution. More recent statements are examined as a prelude to arriving at a less deterministic, entrenched definition than has often been the case, but which retains the idea of revolution as a potential window and facilitator of change.
Brian Meeks is Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and was chair of the department from 2015-2021. He was Professor of Social and Political Change and Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona until 2015. He has taught political theory, comparative politics, Caribbean political thought and African American politics at Michigan State University, Florida International University, Anton de Kom University in Suriname and the University of the West Indies, Mona. He has been Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Latin American Studies at Cambridge University, Visiting Scholar at Brown University and Visiting Tinker Scholar at Stanford University. He has authored or edited twelve books and many articles on Caribbean politics and political theory. Among them are Caribbean Revolutions and Revolutionary Theory: An Assessment of Cuba, Nicaragua and Grenada; Narratives of Resistance: Jamaica, Trinidad, the Caribbean; New Caribbean Thought: a Reader; Envisioning Caribbean Futures: Jamaican Perspectives, Culture, Politics, Race and Diaspora: The Thought of Stuart Hall; The Thought of New World: the Quest for Decolonisation, M.G. Smith: Social Theory and Anthropology in the Caribbean and Beyond and Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory. His novel, Paint the Town Red, was published in 2003. His volume of poetry, The Coup Clock Clicks was published in 2018. Other poems have appeared in various anthologies including the seminal Penguin Book of Caribbean Verse. His new book in the Pluto Press Black Critique series - After the Postcolonial Caribbean: Memory, Imagination, Hope - will be published in 2022.