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The Nonviolence Handbook
Michael Nagler, Peace activist and author of The Nonviolence Handbook
Original Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
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Despite the successes of the civil rights movement in the US, and Gandhi’s drive for Indian independence, nonviolence continues to be viewed as a passive, largely ineffectual tactic. In The Nonviolence Handbook, renowned peace activist Michael Nagler proves precisely the opposite: nonviolence is actually an aggressive and highly effective approach. “Nonviolence is not the recourse of the weak but actually calls for an uncommon kind of strength; it is not a refraining from something but the engaging of a positive force,” Nagler writes. But it demands tremendous courage and discipline and needs to be carefully thought through. Distilling the core theories of nonviolence and drawing upon the personal stories of great leaders, this short and powerful book offers step-by-step guidance for planning a nonviolent resistance strategy, and advice for building change movements capable of restructuring the very bedrock of society. He identifies specific tactical mistakes made by unsuccessful nonviolent actions such as the Tiananmen Square demonstrations and the Occupy protests. With The Nonviolence Handbook, activists have a guide to practical, strategic advice for developing a disciplined and effective nonviolent strategy to address any issue or conflict.
Michael N. Nagler is the founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence. He co-founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at UC Berkeley, where he is a professor emeritus of classics and comparative literature. Among other awards he received the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation’s International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values outside India, joining other distinguished contributors such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
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