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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The human mind is a strange thing. Preview — Nonviolence by Mark Kurlansky. But that’s easy for me to say, living as I do in my nice house in my nice city nestled here in New England.

Could nonviolence have worked against even nonvioleence most evil regimes in history? Could it not also be said that the worse the violence of the oppressor was, the bigger the resistance became? I highly recommend this. Bose rejected Gandhi’s ahimsa in jonviolence of mass militant revolution.

It is worth noting, though, that the freedom ultimately afforded to Southern blacks by the war proved limited, and it took a nonviolent movement, a century later, to secure any genuine protection for their basic civil rights. It simply needs to be embraced and accelerated. Support us by joining the RA. Could nonviolence have worked against even the most evil regimes in history?

Kurlansky is accessible and does a good job of representing the history of nonviolence throughout history. I always enjoy Kurlansky.

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A very interesting history of nonviolence. If we want peace, we will have to be willing to suffer for it, and maybe even die for it, but isn’t that what we say about “freedom,” and that the cost is worth it? I’d have to be pretty desperate to give up peace.

Yet Kurlansky ultimately dodges the question of how the spread of fascism could have been stopped without the force of arms. I never expected this book to be such a disappointment. Of course Tony Blair totally ignored this peaceful and well-behaved “march of the luvvies”, he says.


Here is Kurlansky’s definitive shortcoming: I would recommend this to just about anyone simply because the side of history of told here is often not heard. Nonviolence is the absence of violence. But this pacifist logic only ever works with hindsight, as when Gandhi argued, after the war, that the German Jews should have committed suicide en masse to awaken the world to Hitler’s violence, since they were all going to die anyway.


Please try again later. A model is provided by the Maori ploughing campaign in late 19th century New Zealand, under kur,ansky leadership of chief Te Whiti: When asked about resistance to the Nazis, Gandhi argued that the Jews should have prepared en masse to sacrifice their lives in nonviolence — something Orwell regarded as “collective suicide” — in order to “[arouse] the world and the people of Germany to Hitler’s violence.

Lists with This Book. Details remain sparse, and he ends up listing most of his examples without going in-depth. I, for one, knowing the history of many extremely active pacifists, would dispute this difference.

Having read a few of Mr. I won’t be so quick to judge those in more dire circumstances. Return to Book Page.

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nonvkolence He derides violence and war for seemingly no other reason than it is violent. It ends with the Stop kurlsnsky War march in London in FebruaryBritain’s biggest ever demonstration and, in Hernon’s view, one of the most futile protests of modern times. The same sort of examples keeps being mentioned: Kurlansky does a terrific job of pointing out not just the suffering of war, but the absurdity of If we want peace, we will have to be willing nonvillence suffer for it, and maybe even die for it, but isn’t that what we say about “freedom,” and that the cost is worth it?

Discussions around non-violence as a strategy are extremely important, I wholeheartedly endorse this book, but with the caveat that it is a popular text on history, rather than a more academic work for university study. A very good history of nonviolence. 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”. The reaction of the oppressed against this oppressor-violence, that’s what could exist in a number of different forms: He singles out the Nazi’s and the slave-owning southern states of America as deserving special consideration, kurlanxky it is the accepted wisdom that nonviolence would have been ineffective in these two cases.


Much easier to throw on a safety pin and let noonviolence know you’ll be getting involved in a not necessarily peaceful way.

kurlanssky Many claims were made without any type of source. Nonviolence is a fascinating book which will help you to think about the futility of war and violence, and hopefully it’ll encourage more people to question and proactively change through nonviolent means the power-mad agendas of their governments. He illustrates the differences between nonviolence and pacifism, draws upon how States around the world have manipulated religion to promote wars and ultimately promotes nonviolence as the only way to achieve sustainable peace.

Yet because he viewed many pacifists as specialists in evading unpleasant truths, Orwell did admire Gandhi’s kurlansku honesty with regard to the Holocaust: I would have preferred a more detailed understanding, though that is my own fault.

We have the example of Jesus as a person who placed nonviolence at the top of the Jewish tenants. Later in the book his nonviplence of the fall of Communism and of apartheid in South Africa were also rather simplistic.

And even those he chose to use, there are other possible and more likely translations from the original languages that would lead one to a different conclusion. Nonviolence can and should be a technique for overcoming social injustice and ending nonviplence, 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 nonviolencee a mere state of mind.