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A Force More Powerful

This nationally-acclaimed book shows how popular movements used nonviolent action to overthrow dictators, obstruct military invaders and secure human rights in country after country, over the past century. Peter Ackerman and Jack DuVall depict how nonviolent sanctions--such as protests, strikes and boycotts--separate brutal regimes from their means of control. They tell inside stories--how Danes outmaneuvered the Nazis, Solidarity defeated Polish communism, and mass action removed a Chilean dictator--and also how nonviolent power is changing the world today, from Burma to Serbia.
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Table of Contents

PART I: MOVEMENT TO POWER Russia, 1905: The People Strike India: Movement for Self-Rule Poland: Power from Solidarity PART II: RESISTANCE TO TERROR The Ruhrkampf, 1923: Resisting Invaders Denmark, the Netherlands, the Rosenstrasse: Resisting the Nazis El Salvador, 1944: Removing the General Argentina and Chile: Resisting Repression PART III: CAMPAIGNS FOR RIGHTS The American South: Campaign for Civil Rights South Africa: Campaign against Apartheid The Philippines: Restoring Democracy The Intifada: Campaign for a Homeland China, Eastern Europe, Mongolia: The Democratic Tide PART IV: VIOLENCE AND POWER The Mythology of Violence The New World of Power Victory without Violence

About the Author

PETER ACKERMAN, writer and television producer, and scholar of International Relations. JACK DUVALL is President of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.


'This thoroughly researched and highly readable book underlines the contrast between stable democratic societies created by non-violent movements and tyrannical regimes born of violent revolution. Recommended for public and academic libraries.' - Duncan Stewart, Library Journal ' important documentation of non-violence as an attested historical force.' - F. Abiola Irele, Times Higher Educational Supplement 'There is undeniable power in images of unarmed citizens marching bravely toward policemen and soldiers, knowing they could be arrested, beaten and even killed.' - New York Times 'an important, carefully made, and fascinating documentary.' - Christian Science Monitor 'A skilful blend of sweeping narrative and tightly focused case studies...splendid' - Philadelphia Inquirer 'Ackerman and DuVall deliver a compelling argument for the efficacy of nonviolent resistance to tyranny. I recommend their book to anyone who believes that power only flows from the barrel of a gun.' - John McCain, US Senator 'informative and absorbing' - Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 'There is much to applaud here. The book is suffused with enthusiasm and contains a mass of infomation. Surely there is something here for everyone.' - Martyn Housden, History journal

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