This unique book brings to light the little-known, but powerful roles that civil resistance has played in national liberation struggles throughout history. Ranging from the American Revolution to Kosovo in the 1990s, from Egypt under colonial rule to present-day West Papua and Palestine, the authors of Recovering Nonviolent History consider several key questions: What kinds of civilian-based nonviolent strategy and tactics have been used in liberation struggles? What accounts for their successes and failures? Not least, how did nonviolent resistance influence national identities and socioeconomic and political institutions both prior to and after liberation, and why has this history been so often ignored? The story that emerges is a compelling one of the agency of thousands and even millions of ordinary people as they used nonviolent force in the course of struggles against foreign subjugation.
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Maciej J. Bartkowski is senior director for research and education at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.Review:
Greatly expand[s] our knowledge of not only the extent of nonviolent action, but how its dynamic operates and contributes to a society’s ethos. (Ralph Summy Journal of Peace Education)
Due to this groundbreaking text, we now have greater access to the breadth [and] depth ... of the people's power. (Karen D. Crozier International Journal on World Peace)
This very important book establishes beyond doubt the necessity of recording the history of nonviolent struggles throughout the world.... The authors' accounts of actual struggles from nearly every continent demonstrate that we have available experience with powerful ways to wage conflicts and face problems without violence. (Gene Sharp, Albert Einstein Institution)
Recovering Nonviolent History brings to the fore the role of the masses in mobilizing for their emancipation from oppression in all its guises, using peaceful, nonviolent tactics.... It makes a substantive contribution to the existing body of knowledge on resistance struggles the world over. (Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union Commission)
No single volume has ever explored the dynamics of nonviolent contention in as broad a range of contexts as Recovering Nonviolent History. It is an altogether indispensable volume. (Doug McAdam, Stanford University)
Due to this groundbreaking text, we now have greater access to the breadth [and] depth ... of the people’s power.
(Karen D. Crozier International Journal on World Peace)
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