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Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea

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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.

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Synopsis:

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. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

About the Author

Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling and James A. Beard Award—winning author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; Salt: A World History; 1968: The Year That Rocked the World; The Basque History of the World; and The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell; as well as the novel Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue and several other books. He lives in New York City.

From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

Imperfect beings — The problem with states — The killer peace movement — Troublemakers — The dilemma of unnatural people — Natural revolution — Peace and slavery — The curse of nations — A favorite just war — The rule of thugs and the law of gravity — Random outbreaks of hope — The twenty-five lessons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307497109
Subtitle:
The History of a Dangerous Idea
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Foreword:
Dalai Lama
Author:
of <i>Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World</i
Author:
Kurlansky, Mark
Author:
<i>Salt: A World History
Author:
1968: The Year That Rocked the World
Author:
Mark Kurlansky
Author:
</i>and <i>The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell</i
Author:
The Basque History of the World
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Political Advocacy
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Nonviolence
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
Politics-Activism and Peace Studies
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080408
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
224

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , 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. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
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