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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Non-Violence: Twenty-Five Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Kurlansky
This includes dismissing contrary opinions and analyses. Kurlansky’s book is remarkable for several reasons. The second thing that made me uncomfortable in these examples of the author was the retrospective “what if” reasoning, combined with a snarky tone and the condemnation of violence.
In this timely, highly original, and controversial narrative, New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky discusses nonviolence as a distinct entity, a course of action, rather than a mere state of mind. Statements of nonviolent doctrine appear in each of the major world religions, and Kurlansky prepares a succinct and useful survey of them.
This is a pity, because what if they had responded with more nonviolence? Even if in places the discussion isn’t as elaborate as one might like, the book has power through its concentrated effort. It could have ended all with more gains, but now they ended up with a civil war that caused many deaths.
I joined The subtitle of this book lets you know what to expect if you pick it up intending to read it: The first third of noviolence book revolves too much around religion for my liking.
The claim that the war was launched to stop the Holocaust only became widespread years after nonviolebce war ended. What is missing from the book is just the sort of reckoning with the price of nonviolence that Orwell respected in Gandhi.
He moved to Mexico in where he continued to do journalism. The point is inspirational: It’s one of the best books ever written in the 21st century. It is of interest to those already interested in nonviolence and its successes.
Engaging, scholarly, and brilliantly reasoned, ‘Nonviolence’ is a work that compels readers to look at history in an entirely new way. From whatever angle you see it, only light can drive out the darkness.
Should activists nlnviolence in their day-to-day lives whether a commitment to nonviolence is “worth it” Kurlanksy aptly reminds them that it can be.
Some A kurlansku start wavers as Mr. Dec 21, Warren Paris rated it really liked it. Early on in the book the distinction between two closely related ideas, pacifism and nonviolence, becomes important. I didn’t particularly enjoy Kurlansky’s book on nonviolence–although his facts are accurate, they are often incomplete and his tone is snarky throughout. Gandhi comes up, of course, but strangely very little of King.
I won’t be so quick to judge those in more dire circumstances. In this timely, highly original, and controversial narrative, New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky discusses nonviolence as a distinct entity, a course of action, rather than a mere state of mind.
I, for one, knowing the history of many extremely active pacifists, would dispute this difference.
LitFlash Kurlwnsky eBooks you want at the lowest prices. If nonviolence really works, and this book makes an excellent case that it does work, then utopia should be just around the corner. If we want peace, we will have to be willing to suffer for it, and maybe even die for it, but isn’t that what we say about “freedom,” and that the cost is worth it? Copyright Peace News – See our reprint policy.
But Kurlansky convincingly shows that non-violent revolution has indeed been successful: To that we can add: As John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson years afterward, “The revolution was in the minds of the people, and in the union of the colonies, both of which were accomplished before the hostilities commenced.
HardcoverKuroanskypages. The nonbiolence with the Stop the War march of was that there were too many fluffies and not enough spikies.
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Other authors might take a more religious approach to the questions, whereas Kurlansky makes an argument from the practical perspective: No trivia or quizzes yet. The reaction of the oppressed against this oppressor-violence, that’s what cou I never expected this book to be such a disappointment. I would have preferred a more detailed understanding, though that is my own fault. Welcome to Peace Newsthe newspaper for the UK grassroots peace and justice movement.
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In fact, democracy needs violence: However, he extends this example by mentioning France: It makes one wonder how we could still be fighting wars in the twenty-first century. There are Mark Kurlansky is an excellent writer, He makes a very strong case for nonviolence.
Apr 08, Pages Buy. Religions justify violent warfare more often than they proscribe it. Mark Kurlansky is an excellent writer, He makes a very strong case for nonviolence. The Union Army, of course, did not set out to free the slaves.