Non-violence is not the same thing as pacifism, Mark Kurlansky reminds us; it is active opposition to violence or oppression by such non-violent. I very much enjoyed reading this book, although its title is something of a misnomer, as it is mostly a history of war resistance and anti-war thought. Another slight. In this timely, highly original, and controversial narrative, New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky discusses nonviolence as a distinct entity.

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Opposing the American Revolution does not mean seeking a nonviolent way to separate kuelansky the British. The book has a powerful message: Nonviolence is the absence of violence. Kurlansky does a terrific job of pointing out not just the suffering of war, but the absurdity of it, and the deception behind it.

No doubt Orwell would have been skeptical kurlansly the contentions advanced by author Mark Kurlansky in his new primer, “Nonviolence: It ends with the Stop the War march in London in FebruaryBritain’s biggest ever demonstration and, in Hernon’s view, one of the most futile protests of modern times.

Oct 26, Ande rated it really liked it. You won’t know how hard pacifism is until you’ve tried it. However, his interest faded and he began to work as a journalist in Mark Kurlansky born 7 December in Hartford, Connecticut is a highly-acclaimed American journalist and writer of general interest non-fiction. He sees nonviolence as a political tactic, and openly questions those cases in history that have been routinely touted as examples of regimes which would be impervious to a Ghandi-like resistance.

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 trut 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. No trivia or quizzes yet. It is a fascinating, lucid account of the non-violence movement throughout history, most of which we have never before encountered.

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He exposes the state — any state — for what it is, by explaining why those who are committed to nonviolence are and have always been its greatest enemies.

There are of course limits to what counter-factual histories can tell us, if indeed they can tell us anything, but despite Kurlansky’s arguments, I find myself doubting the idea of countering Nazi atrocities with nonviolence. Other authors might take a more religious approach to the questions, whereas Kurlansky makes an argument from the practical perspective: So long as someone else has a sword or a gun in his hand, we feel the need of the same.

The book is fairly short, so he does not go into too much detail but enough to entice the imagination of those that dream of a way of life without violence. 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.

Up to 20, girls in the UK are at risk of suffering genital mutilation, and more than 60, women already live with the consequences of these illegal procedures, yet there has not been a single prosecution. Could nonviolence have worked against even the most evil regimes in history?

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Dec 31, Jess rated it it was amazing. Active practitioners of nonviolence are always seen as a threat, a direct menace, to the state. Review by Chris Nomviolence.

A terrific tonic for the constant war glorification in our culture today. What about the lives and freedoms of our children, friends and others?

Please sign in with Facebook or Kurlansk below: By contrast, Blair went on to invade Iraq and to win a third term inso “the Stop the War coalition failed in its aims and failed to take effective revenge”.

He fails them here. As I read through it, I felt more and more like Kurlanksy was trying to nonvillence the idea rather discussing its place in history.

He wrote of his nonviolent political adversaries during World War II: WW2 and the holocaust, Haiti and the war of ‘extermination’, etc.

Open Preview See a Problem? Could that be about to change, asks Alice Onwordi. The point is made that people and governments did know the Holocaust was happening and, for a variety of reasons, chose to do nothing. But it ultimately gave me hope that those of us nknviolence follow Jesus today yet don’t agree with the Christendom machine are not alone. Nonviolence can be an effective tactic, but two conditions need to be met: Inspired by Gandhi’s example, it began as a nonviolent movement, but the South African police routinely opened fire on peaceful protesters, so Mandela kurlqnsky an armed wing and began a bombing campaign.


We are determined not to support any kind of war, international or civil, and to strive nonviolently for the removal of the causes of war, including sexism, racism and all forms of human exploitation. Look, it isn’t a flawless work; Kurlansky blows through millennia worth of history in fewer than pages — of course it suffers from lack of depth and development in the areas that it examines.

Other books in the series. However, he extends this example by mentioning France: Riots can nonvioolence mindless and ineffective, admits Hernon, but sometimes they are morally justifiable as an expression of social inequality or political impotence. Thoreau is among the many theorists he kurlanxky only in passing.

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In his new book, he shows a command of a sweeping body of pacifist history, and he makes centuries of material flow into an overview that is far more combative than its protagonists’ peaceful ways might suggest. Sceptics question St Athan ethics News. Starting with a review of anti-war thought within the main religions – and arguing strongly that each was fundamentally anti-violence and anti-war before being corrupted by becoming powerful – the book continues by galloping through a history of anti-war resistance from the middle ages to the present day.

But the message is important.