| A GUIDE TO CIVIL RESISTANCE|
A Bibliography of People Power and Nonviolent Protest
Edited by April Carter, Howard Clark and Michael Randle
With a foreword by Paul Rogers
If we talk about 'people power' or 'nonviolent action', most people will immediately think of Gandhi or Martin Luther King, a few will recall the end of the Marcos regime in the Philippines in the mid-1980s, and some others will remember or have heard of the Prague Spring nearly two decades earlier. Moreover, for most activists and others involved in peace action and movements for social change, there will be little knowledge of the theories of nonviolent action and still less of the huge number of actions taken in so many countries and in such different circumstances across the world. Even recent events across the Middle East are rarely put in a broader historical context.
The book is subtitled A Bibliography of People Power and Nonviolent Protest, but it is much more than this. Although the focus is on post-1945 movements, the opening section provides a wide-ranging introduction to the history and theoretical bases of nonviolent action, as well as reflecting the most recent contributions to the literature and citing key reference works and internet sites. All the main sources have accounts of their content and relevance, frequently managing to get to the core of the books or articles in just a couple of sentences.
What really comes across is the sheer range of examples contained within this bibliography. It is extraordinarily impressive, taking us through the campaigns in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War, the earlier actions in late colonial Africa, campaigns of nonviolent resistance in Latin America and the Middle East and the growing number of 'electoral revolutions' since 2000, especially in post Soviet states and Africa, and the burgeoning resistance to repression in various forms. From the Foreword
'If you wish to catch up with an overview of nonviolent struggle on multiple continents, you can skip over the sources in the book and get an amazing big picture by reading the contextualizing paragraphs that begin each section. No one ever again has to imagine that nonviolent action is simply "about Gandhi and King."' Waging Non-Violence
Contents: Foreword by Paul Rogers - Preface to 2013 edition - General Introduction to 2006 edition (abridged). A. Introduction to Nonviolent Action. Theory Methods and Examples; Gandhi and Gandhian Campaigns. B. Elements of Nonviolent Resistance to Colonialism in Africa after 1945. C. Popular Resistance in Communist Regimes. The Soviet Bloc 1980 to 1991; China and Tibet, from 1947. D. Resisting Authoritarianism in Post-Communist and Post-Soviet Regimes: Kosovo, Resisting Serbian Oppression 1988-98; 'Electoral Revolutions' and 'Critical Elections' in Post-Communist States; Russia Under Putin. E. Resisting Oppressive, Dictatorial, Military or Authoritarian Rule: Africa; Asia (and Australasia); Europe (West); Latin America; Middle East and North Africa; Unarmed Resistance in the Middle East; The 'Arab Spring' in North Africa and the Middle East: 2011-12; External Support: Opportunities, Problems and Debates about 'Democracy Assistance'.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS: April Carter is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Coventry University. She has lectured at the universities of Lancaster, Oxford and Queensland, Australia, and she was a Summer Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute from 1985-87. Howard Clark has been a nonviolent activist since 1968, engaging in a variety of campaigns and projects at local, national and increasingly international level. Since 2006 he has been chairperson of War Resisters' International, having previously been its coordinator (1985-97). Michael Randle has been involved in the anti-war movement in Britain since the 1950s and in 1958 was one of the organisers of the first Aldermaston March against Britain's nuclear weapons. A former chairperson of the War Resisters' International, and subsequently co-ordinator of the Alternative Defence Commission, he has been a visiting research fellow at the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, and until 2009 co-edited the quarterly review of the Committee for Conflict Transformation Support. Paul Rogers teaches at the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University. Paul has written or edited 26 books and over 100 papers. His work has been translated into many languages including Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Turkish, Farsi, Catalan, Polish, Greek, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. He writes a weekly analysis on international security for www.opendemocracy.net reproduced on 40+ websites.
Paperback 258 pages
Published December 2013