Civil Resistance and Power Politics

Civil Resistance and Power Politics

The Experience of Non-violent Action From Gandhi to the Present

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Civil resistance - non-violent action against such challenges as dictatorial rule, racial discrimination and foreign military occupation - is a highly significant but inadequately understood feature of world politics. Especially through the peaceful revolutions of 1989, it has helped to shapethe world we live in. Civil Resistance and Power Politics covers most of the leading cases, including the example of Gandhi, the US civil rights struggle in the 1960s, the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979, the 'people power' revolt in the Philippines in the 1980s, the campaigns against apartheid in South Africa, thevarious movements contributing to the collapse of the Soviet Bloc in 1989-91, and, in this century, the 'colour revolutions' in Serbia, Georgia, and Ukraine. The chapters, written by leading experts, are richly descriptive and analytically rigorous. This book addresses the complex interrelationship between civil resistance and other dimensions of power. It explores the question of whether civil resistance should be seen as potentially replacing violence completely, or as a phenomenon that operates in conjunction with, and modification of, powerpolitics. It looks at cases where campaigns were repressed, including China in 1989 and Burma in 2007. It notes that in several instances, including Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Georgia, civil resistance movements were followed by the outbreak of armed conflict. This book also includes anextraordinary report on Russian archives showing how the Soviet leadership responded to civil resistance, and a comprehensive bibliographical essay. Illustrated throughout, this uniquely wide-ranging and path-breaking study is written in an accessible style and is aimed at the general reader as well as specialists in Modern History, Politics, Sociology, and International Relations.
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9780199552016
Branch Call Number: 322.4 CIVIL
Characteristics: xxi, 407 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Roberts, Adam 1940-
Garton Ash, Timothy


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