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1. Revolutionary Leaders and Their Oppositions

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Before and after a successful power seizure, revolutionary leaders face a series of critical tasks of which the most urgent is the treatment of the oppositions. With rare exceptions, prior to the take-over, various leaders, factions, and groups adopt postures of mutual tolerance and accommodation in order to perform certain critical functions necessary to eventual success. The very fact of power seizure poses not only the problem of dealing with the establishment élites but also with the opposition leaders and groups that are bound to emerge in the post-revolutionary era. In addition, in more recent times, revolutionary leaders have had to reckon with superior forces of opposition from other states. On the whole the treatment of the oppositions by revolutionary élites is not markedly different from that practiced by authoritarian or dictatorial regimes.

Affiliations: 1: Miami University, Ohio, U.S.A.


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