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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Yet Kurlansky ultimately dodges the question of how the spread of fascism could have been stopped without the force of arms. He exposes the state — any state — for what it is, by explaining why those who are committed to nonviolence are and have always been its greatest enemies.

In his new book, he shows a command of a sweeping body of pacifist history, and he makes centuries of material flow into an overview that is far more combative than its protagonists’ peaceful ways might suggest. The story of the Danish reaction to occupation by Nazi Germany shows how Danes took direct action to accomplish nonviolence rather than simple passivity. A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World,” Kurlansky has established himself as a pioneer in the field of micro-history, producing idiosyncratic investigations into small topics that bloom into tales of broad general interest.

A history of nonviolence

From whatever angle you see it, only light can drive out the darkness. Having read a few of Mr.

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”. Non-violence for kurlansmy Age of Terrorism. He derides violence and war for seemingly no other reason than it is violent. Jan 18, Marcus Wolfe rated it did not like it. How, such readers will ask, can the bad be deterred from doing this unless through fear of being defeated by their own chosen means?


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

AC Grayling explores the history of non-violence. Return to Book Page. True, the Germans succeeded in deporting only about of Denmark’s 6, Jews, while in the Netherlands, where there was armed resistance, overmembers of a Jewish community ofwere killed. Other books in the series.

If you have an older Salon account, please enter your username and password below: Ads are currently disabled. The Danish experience notwithstanding.

Active practitioners of nonviolence are always seen as a threat, a direct menace, to the state. Many claims were made kurlnsky any type of source. 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 Old Testament times a reading of the texts decidedly suggests otherwise; and their volcano deity — he who appeared as fire on the mountain top and a pillar of smoke by day — 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 nonviiolence 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.


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Non-violence for an Age of Terrorism Review. The Scottish ID cards scandal News. But in fact the groups he traces are generally active only in the sense that they might preach against war and face monviolence severe persecution for their refusal to take up arms.

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.

What about the lives and freedoms of our children, friends and others? The claim that the war was launched to stop the Holocaust only became widespread years after the war ended.

I’ve included them, here, if you’re interested to be honest: I found myself at times scoffing at Kurlanksy’s arguments though, and had trouble taking the book seriously. And, I must say that this is a great read!

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

Nor, ironically, would it have avoided the more violent forms of revolution seen elsewhere. There is no such kurkansky for the impotent. It is worth noting, though, that the freedom ultimately afforded to Southern nnviolence by the war proved limited, and it took a nonviolent movement, a century later, to secure any genuine protection for their basic civil rights. I am a member and supporter of the War Resisters League. In the case of the European Jews or the African slaves, that simply wasn’t the case.

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