Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present

Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present

by Adam Roberts, Timothy Garton Ash
     
 

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The fall of the Berlin Wall. The end of apartheid in South Africa. The US civil rights movement that inspired a young Barack Obama. The toppling of Augusto Pinochet in Chile and of Slobodan Milošević in Serbia. 'People power' in the Philippines and 'Orange Revolution' in Ukraine.

What all these dramatic and disparate disparate historical development have

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The fall of the Berlin Wall. The end of apartheid in South Africa. The US civil rights movement that inspired a young Barack Obama. The toppling of Augusto Pinochet in Chile and of Slobodan Milošević in Serbia. 'People power' in the Philippines and 'Orange Revolution' in Ukraine.

What all these dramatic and disparate disparate historical development have in common is the often decisive presence of civil resistance. This pathbreaking volume describes and analyses most of the major cases of the use of civil resistance across nearly a hundred years, from Gandhi's salt march in 1930 to Buddhist monks marching through the streets of Rangoon in 2007. Written by leading specialists, and illustrated throughout with historic photographs, it asks why some attempts at mass non-violent action succeeded in attaining their objectives while others failed. And it explores, rigorously and comparatively, the complex relationships between civil resistance and other factors of power, including war, economic failure, and external intervention.

Civil Resistance and Power Politics is essential reading for anyone interested in this momentous and under-studied phenomenon of our time.

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"Highly informative compilation of different quests for political, economic, and social change over the past half-century. The great value of Civil Resistance and Power Politics is to provide relatively succinct accounts of these diverse events in such a way as to underline both their differences and their similarities."—New York Review of Books

"Roberts and Garton Ash succeed in their task magnificently. Seldom has a collective work displayed such coordinated research; seldom has the selection of authors been so successful...and seldom have the introductory and concluding essays in an edited work been so effective...indispensable book"—Survival

"This book is a timely reminder that realpolitik is by no means always the best way to consolidate power. And this may prompt a rethink as to the very nature of power itself."—International Affairs

"A book full of thought-provoking stories and arresting statistics...a valuable contribution to our understanding of a phenomenon that history has too often ignored—and a political tactic that looks set to become even more potent in the years ahead." —Sunday Business Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199691456
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/15/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
761,406
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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