Nonviolence

Nonviolence

Twenty-five Lessons From the History of A Dangerous Idea

Book - 2006
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In this timely, highly original, and controversial narrative, New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky discusses nonviolence as a distinct entity, a course of action, rather than a mere state of mind. Nonviolence can and should be a technique for overcoming social injustice and ending wars, he asserts, which is why it is the preferred method of those who speak truth to power.

Nonviolence is a sweeping yet concise history that moves from ancient Hindu times to present-day conflicts raging in the Middle East and elsewhere. Kurlansky also brings into focus just why nonviolence is a “dangerous” idea, and asks such provocative questions as: Is there such a thing as a “just war”? Could nonviolence have worked against even the most evil regimes in history?

Kurlansky draws from history twenty-five provocative lessons on the subject that we can use to effect change today. He shows how, time and again, violence is used to suppress nonviolence and its practitioners–Gandhi and Martin Luther King, for example; that the stated deterrence value of standing national armies and huge weapons arsenals is, at best, negligible; and, encouragingly, that much of the hard work necessary to begin a movement to end war is already complete. It simply needs to be embraced and accelerated.

Engaging, scholarly, and brilliantly reasoned, Nonviolence is a work that compels readers to look at history in an entirely new way. This is not just a manifesto for our times but a trailblazing book whose time has come.

Baker & Taylor
A history of the idea of nonviolence, from ancient Hindu times to the present day, looks at twenty-five lessons on the subject that can be used to promote change in the modern world.

Baker
& Taylor

A sweeping history of the idea of nonviolence, from ancient Hindu times to the present day, looks at twenty-five thought-provoking lessons on the subject that can be used to promote change in the modern world, arguing that many of the most important conflicts of history could have been avoided by nonviolent means. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2006
ISBN: 9780679643357
0679643354
Branch Call Number: 303.61 KUR
Characteristics: xiv, 203 p. ;,22 cm.

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Aug 28, 2011

This slim book provides a good introduction to the concept of power through non-violence. The chronicle starts ponderously with the ancient religious roots of non-violence; and progresses to contemporary examples in Czechoslovakia, the Philippines, and Poland. A useful bibliography offers sources for more depth on the techniques of non-violent civil disobedience. Curiously, the extensive writings of Gene Sharp are overlooked. Refusing to pay taxes for war receives only passing reference.

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