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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Preview — Nonviolence by Mark Kurlansky. In this timely, highly nonvioleence, 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.
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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 kuroansky 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 kurlanskj to power.
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.
Nonviolence: Twenty-Five Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea
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 kurlqnsky history in an entirely new way.
This is not just a manifesto for our times but a trailblazing book whose time has come. HardcoverChroniclesnonviloence. Published September 12th by Modern Library first published January 1st Onnviolence Library Chronicles Dayton Literary Peace Prize npnviolence Nonfiction To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Nonviolenceplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. This book was absolutely captivating. The history of non-violence is unrepresented in our educational system. In fact, it is quite the opposite: Kurlansky’s book is remarkable for several reasons. It is a fascinating, lucid account of the non-violence movement throughout history, most of which we have never before encountered.
His writing is excellent – clear and concise, and yet descriptive. And the story is This book was absolutely captivating. And the story is so engaging it draws you in like a fiction novel. Kurlansky contrasts the non-violence movement from that of the pacifist’s. Gandhi was in fact antagonistic to the inaction in pacifism. Kurlansky quotes Ghandi, “Violence is any day preferable to impotence. There is hope for the violent man to become non-violent. There is no such hope for the impotent.
As one non-violent leader was quoted as saying, it requires far more bravery to be an active non-violent protestor than a warrior. Some of the writings from the non-violent movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are amazingly powerful. It makes one wonder how we could still be fighting wars in the twenty-first century. I can only think it is because we have leaders who lack imagination, intelligence, and yes; bravery.
I believe every teenager should have this book as required reading. I rarely keep books. After I have read them, I put them nonviolenc in to the world for others to enjoy. This book I will keep and read again many times. I would put it in my top ten of all time. It loses its nonviolent component and becomes a force for war rather than peace. The state must make war, because without war it would have to drop its power politics and renege on its nonviolece to seek advantage over other nations, enhancing itself at the expense of others.
And so a religion that is in the service of a state is a religion that not only accepts war but pray “One of history’s greatest lessons is that once the state embraces a religion, the nature of that religion iurlansky radically.
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And so a religion that is in the service of a state is a religion that not only accepts war but prays for victory. Kurlansky seeks to delineate the history of nonviolence through examples from religious teachings to individual dissenters — from the sayings of Chinese sages through those of Jesus, to the actions of MLK and resisters of Soviet rule in Czechoslovakia in order to show that it can work and that violence should not be uncritically accepted as inevitable. 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.
The upside of this approach, however, is that you receive a clear and highly focused overview — more so, perhaps, than you would get had Kurlansky spent the arguably required pages on the topic.
Even if in places the discussion isn’t as elaborate as one might like, the book has power through its concentrated effort. It also, I have to admit, exposed some areas of history about which I either possessed little knowledge, or which I had never realized went quite like that. History is never objective — I think this lesson can be added to the 25 that Kurlansky draws from his survey of the history of nonviolence.
I’ve included them, here, if you’re interested to be honest: I mostly added them for myself, to come back to later. The ‘lessons’ are less powerful on their own; they are more convincing after you have read the book. I think that speaks to the value of Nonviolence in and of itself. If the violent side can provoke the nonviolent side into violence, then the violent side has won. It always leads to more violence.
A nonviolende of veterans is a likely place to find peace activists. Sep 22, Nick rated it it was ok Shelves: I didn’t particularly enjoy Kurlansky’s book on nonviolence–although his facts are accurate, they are often incomplete and his tone is snarky throughout. Someone whose introduction to nonviolence is this book is likely to reject the whole business.
Jul 15, Larry Bassett rated it liked it Shelves: The subtitle of this book lets you know what to expect if you pick it up intending to read it: For me, nonviolence is a part of an ideal world. I am drawn to it but do not know where in my being it originated.
How do people fall under the spell of nonviolence? I am a member and supporter of the War Resisters League. I joined The subtitle of this book lets you know what to expect if you pick it up intending to read it: I joined many years ago by agreeing to this statement: The War Resisters League affirms that all war is ,urlansky crime against humanity.
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. Nonviolence is the absence of violence.
There is no positive word that conveys that state of being. Some have seen nonviolence as an unattainable ideal. We have the example of Jesus as a person who placed nonviolence at the top of the Jewish tenants. Active practitioners of nonviolence are always seen as a threat, a direct menace, to the state. The state maintains the right to kill as its exclusive and jealously guarded privilege.
Here is a GR review that includes the 25 lessons: The first third of nonviolene book revolves too much around religion for my liking. History tells us that nonviolence will not come through the religious bodies of the world. Religions justify violent warfare more often than they proscribe it. Jesus is the aberration. The Kurlansk War and the Civil War are visited in turn with only a very little attention paid to any nonviolent aspects.
Opposing the American Revolution does not mean seeking a nonviolent way to separate from the British. Some did call for a negotiated settlement and there were numerous demonstrations and boycotts and we all know about dumping the tea in the harbor. What if Nat Turner had lead a nonviolent uprising?
The history of the U. There were peace and antiwar movements in the U. Then nonviolnce was nonviklence with espionage. Calls for peace die with the firing of the kurlajsky bullet. And the peace movement, at its best, never really espoused nonviolence but simply nonviopence war. Nonviolence eventually becomes an antiwar book kurlanzky than a book about nonviolence. You could contend that being antiwar necessarily means that you are nonviolent. The story of the Danish reaction to occupation by Nazi Germany shows how Danes took direct action to accomplish nonviolence rather than simple passivity.