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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Nonviolence: Twenty-Five Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Kurlansky

By the end, those who already had a positive view of non-violence would go away searching for more of an in depth writing on the subject, even with a variety of specific events. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I get that rushing through hundreds of years of civilization can’t be that in depth, but this felt too simplistic.

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.

However grotesque the demands of nonviolence might be, they might still compare favorably. Published September 12th by Modern Library first published January 1st Ghandi urged non-violence in as the Japanese approached the Indian border through Burma, in hopes — so the critics say — that British rule would be toppled by a successful Japanese invasion.

How do people fall under the spell of nonviolence? How, such readers will ask, can the bad be deterred from doing this unless through fear of being defeated by their own chosen means? Kurlansky tells the other side of that history; of those that were opposed to and withstood violence throughout recorded time. Maya Evans’ Diary Comment. There is hope for the violent man to become non-violent.

It may well take greater courage to “meet deadly violence with nonviolent resistance”, but in this revisionist history one is struck most of all by the torments suffered by pacifists throughout the ages.

It would never cross the minds of most Americans to question the necessity of the patriots taking up arms against the British or U. Those who are highly skeptical of nonviolence may not be persuaded by such a thin tome although it will at least raise some interesting questions.


What we won Feature. Mozi was an opponent of Confucius who championed the concept of kurlanksy love” and was exasperated by the prevalence of warfare: Books by Mark Kurlansky. As it happens he is far too kind to religion in its nascent forms, for he would have us believe that the Israelites were reluctant in carrying out their many wars and massacres in Nonvio,ence Testament times a reading of the texts decidedly suggests otherwise; and their volcano deity — he who appeared as fire on the kurlanskj top and a pillar of smoke by day nonviolrnce certainly set a paradigmatic example in both respects that Christian relish for Crusades and the torture and murder of heretics is an unnatural graft on to the peace-loving early stock; and that Islam would be untrammelled sweetness and light if the Meccans had not attacked the Prophet in his Medina stronghold, or if Jews local to that city had not irritated him into massacre by rising against him.

It’s one of the best books ever written in the 21st century. WW2 and the holocaust, Haiti and the war of ‘extermination’, etc.

But that is more than enough criticism, for this is an excellent little book. 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 diff As a “history of” nonviolence it was OK but a bit brief in sections that I thought should or could be covered in more detail.

When it can be effective, it should be used. I very much enjoyed reading this book, although its title is something of a misnomer, as it is mostly a kurlasky of war resistance and anti-war thought. A group of veterans is a likely place to find peace activists.

Nonviolence: Twenty-Five Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea

The claim that the war was launched to stop the Holocaust only became widespread years after the war ended. 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. Kurlansky nonviolende much further in suggesting that the war was altogether unnecessary.

Spikies force politicians to sit up and take notice, which is ironic as they tend to be anarchists who would shudder to think that they were in any way oiling the wheels of democracy.


Supporters overwhelm anti-war graffiti artists News. I found myself questioning some assumptions I had labored under for some time e.

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And then come the antinuclear movement, the civil rights movement, and the antiwar movement, nonvjolence with their bits of nonviolent tactics and strategy. Kurlansky does a terrific job of pointing out not just the suffering of war, but the absurdity of it, and the deception behind it.

An excellent history of non-violence, and an important read, timely.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction So long as someone else has a sword or a gun in his hand, we feel the need of the same. This is not an overreaction, especially considering nonviolencd real death and destruction that that initial event and the following casualties can bring. Many of the book’s arguments were famously foreshadowed 25 years ago in Howard Zinn’s war-resister-friendly “A People’s History of the United States.

Dec 31, Jess rated it it was amazing. Many claims were made without any type of source. The state must make war, because without war it would have to drop its power politics and renege on its mission to seek advantage over other nations, enhancing itself at the expense of others. Oct 26, Ande rated it really liked it.

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But it is also an important challenge to America’s founding myth, opening the door for a wider reinterpretation of who we are, and what we might become, as a nation. The trouble with the Stop the War march of was that there were too many fluffies and not enough spikies. It would definitely give a new perspective on the purposes of war. Other authors might take a more religious approach to the questions, whereas Kurlansky makes an argument from the practical perspective: Dec 26, Bill Glover rated it really liked it.

But the message is important. And, I must say that this is a great read!