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A Guide to Civil Resistance
A Guide to Civil Resistance

A Guide to Civil Resistance

A Bibliography of People Power and Nonviolent Protest, Volume One

Edited by April Carter, Edited by Howard Clark, Edited by Michael Randle, Foreword by Paul Rogers


257 Pages, 6 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $22.00 (US $22.00)

Publication Date: April 2014

ISBN 9781854251084

Rights: US & CA

Merlin Press (Apr 2014)
Green Print

Price: $22.00


In discussions about people power or nonviolent action, most people will immediately think of Gandhi or Martin Luther King, a few will recall the end of the Marcos regime in the Philippines in the mid-1980s, and some others will remember or have heard of the Prague Spring nearly two decades earlier. Moreover, for most activists and others involved in peace action and movements for social change, there will be little knowledge of the theories of nonviolent action and still less of the huge number of actions taken in so many countries and in such different circumstances across the world. Even recent events across the Middle East are rarely put in a broader historical context. Although the focus of this book is on post-1945 movements, the opening section provides a wide-ranging introduction to the history and theoretical bases of nonviolent action, and reflects the most recent contributions to the literature, citing key reference works.


“What really comes across is the sheer range of examples contained within this bibliography. It is extraordinarily impressive, taking us through the campaigns in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War, the earlier actions in late colonial Africa, campaigns of nonviolent resistance in Latin America and the Middle East and the growing number of 'electoral revolutions' since 2000, especially in post Soviet states and Africa, and the burgeoning resistance to repression in various forms.” —Paul Rogers, from the foreword

"The editors have done a tremendous service to the field with this wide-ranging, insightful, informative guide." —Brian Martin, Journal of Peace Research

Author Biography

April Carter has lectured in politics at the universities of Lancaster, Oxford and Queensland, and was a fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. She is currently an honorary research fellow of the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, Coventry University, and a senior editor on the international editoral board for the International Encyclopedia of Peace. Howard Clark was an English nonviolent activist and independent peace researcher. He was the chairperson of War Resisters' International, having previously been its coordinator, and was a research fellow of the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, Coventry University, where he was responsible for the Centre’s project on Unarmed Resistance: the Transnational Factor. He is the author of Civil Resistance in Kosovo. Michael Randle has been involved in the antiwar movement in Britain since the 1950s and in 1958 was one of the organizers of the first Aldermaston March against Britain’s nuclear weapons. A former chairperson of the War Resisters’ International, and subsequently coordinator of the Alternative Defence Commission, he has been a visiting research fellow at the department of peace studies at the University of Bradford. Paul Rogers teaches at the department of peace studies at University of Bradford and has written or edited 26 books and over 100 papers, much of which has been translated into many languages. He writes a weekly analysis on international security for which is reproduced on 40+ websites.