This widely-praised book identified peaceful struggle as a key
phenomenon in international politics a year before the revolutions
in Tunisia and Egypt confirmed its central argument. Civil
resistance - non-violent action against such challenges as
dictatorial rule, racial discrimination and foreign military
occupation - is a significant but inadequately understood feature
of world politics. Especially through the peaceful revolutions of
1989, and the developments in the Arab worldsince December 2010, it
has helped to shape the world we live in.Civil Resistance and Power
Politics covers most of the leading cases, including the actions
master-minded by Gandhi, the US civil rights struggle in the 1960s,
the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979, the 'people power' revolt
in the Philippines in the 1980s, the campaigns against apartheid in
South Africa, the various movements contributing to the collapse of
the Soviet Bloc in 1989-91, and, in this century, the 'colour
revolutions' in Georgia and Ukraine. The chapters, written
byleading experts, are richly descriptive and analytically
rigorous. This book addresses the complex interrelationship between
civil resistance and other dimensions of power. It explores the
question of whether civil resistance should be seen as potentially
replacing violence completely, or as a phenomenon that operates in
conjunction with, and modification of, power politics. It looks at
cases where campaigns were repressed, including China in 1989 and
Burma in 2007. It notes that in several instances, including
Northern Ireland, Kosovo and, Georgia, civilresistance movements
were followed by the outbreak of armed conflict. It also includes a
chapter with new material from Russian archives showing how the
Soviet leadership responded to civil resistance, and a
comprehensive bibliographical essay. Illustrated throughout with a
remarkable selection of photographs, this uniquely wide-ranging and
path-breaking study is written in an accessible style and is
intended for the general reader as well as for students of Modern
History, Politics, Sociology, and International Relations.
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