Detonator theory (20TH CENTURY)

Theory of insurrection.

Discontented populations, particularly under foreign occupation, are likened to explosive material which requires detonation by some additional action.

This can be provided by trained elites, if necessary entering from abroad.

The theory informed some of the activities of the Allies during World War II.

Also see: foco theory

David Stafford, Britain and European Resistance 1940-1945 (London, 1979)

Detonator theory may refer to:

  • Theories pertaining to the chemical process of detonation
  • In political science, a theory of insurrection likening political discontent to explosive material

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