"Baring presents a first-rate case study in the political sociology of revolution. Analyzing both the background and the actual course of the East German uprising, he pinpoints the particular circumstances that made for a revolutionary situation and depicts the dynamics of an upheaval that required massive Soviet intervention to put down. Baring argues that the uprising was doomed to failure in any event, owing to the absence of effective revolutionary organization and leadership. He concludes by noting that conditions in East Germany have changed since 1953, such that 'the time is ripe for evolution and not revolutions.' "