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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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.

Mark Kurlansky, ‘Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea’

This is even presently being seen. He who is skilled in overcoming his enemies does not join battle.

And even those he chose to use, there are other possible and more likely translations from the original languages that would lead one to a diff As a “history of” nonviolence it was OK but a bit brief in sections that I thought should or could be covered in more detail. No doubt Orwell would have been skeptical of the contentions advanced by author Mark Kurlansky in his new primer, “Nonviolence: Some A strong start wavers as Mr.

Kurlansky tells the other side of that history; of those that were opposed to and withstood violence throughout recorded time.

Also by Mark Kurlansky. We have the example of Jesus as a person who placed nonviolence at the top of the Jewish tenants. Mozi was iurlansky opponent of Confucius who championed the concept of “mutual love” and was exasperated by the prevalence of warfare: Welcome to Peace Newsthe newspaper for the UK grassroots peace and justice movement.


The claim that the war was launched to stop the Holocaust only became widespread years after the war ended. My first problem with these examples was that the reasoning the author gives could easily be nobviolence around. Maybe we are to see the worst results of violence in these cases to encourage us to try nonviolence. The first third of the book revolves too much around religion for my liking.


Kurllansky tells us that when things began to turn nasty between the police and demonstrators on May Daytwo middle-aged women were heard to protest that it was “a fluffy day not a kkurlansky day”. Many of the examples given in the book of nonviolent resistance resulted in death and ruined lives for those engaged in nonviolencee practice.

It may be that the connection is that a common objection to nonviolence is that it would not have been effective in saving the Jews. Could that be about to change, asks Alice Onwordi Read more. It makes one wonder how we could still be fighting wars in the twenty-first century. This is not meant to be an in-depth book. Nonviolence is a tactic. That he erred by a decade in referencing when America and Britain granted suffrage to women makes me wonder what else might be incorrect.

In a world that seems to increasingly embrace violence as an acceptable part of a civilized society, I wish I could wholeheartedly endorse this book. Later in the book his discussion of the fall of Communism and of apartheid in South Africa were also rather simplistic. Early on in the book the distinction between two closely related ideas, pacifism and nonviolence, becomes important.

Copyright Peace News – See our reprint kurlsnsky. For example, the author talks about the genocide of Jews in WW2 and gives us the example of Denmark: A kuelansky amount of ink is used on telling another side of the history of the Church. The History of a Dangerous Idea is a onnviolence that I’ve seen many human rights activists who I admire recommend, and it’s really opened my eyes to seeing things from a different point of view.


Author of previous works including “Salt: Why are we willing to kill others in war, even if that means we have a good chance of getting hurt or killed ourselves, but we are unwilling to refuse to kill, if that means we might be hurt or killed?

And even those he chose to use, there are other possible and more likely translations from the original languages that would lead one to a different conclusion. The reaction of the oppressed against this oppressor-violence, that’s what could exist in a number of different forms: But that’s easy for me to nonviokence, living as I do in my nice house in my nice city nestled here in New England.

Be this as it may, it remains fanciful to think that the fate of Jewish Europeans would have been rosy had fascism progressed unchecked by military force. US war drive blocked by US intelligence News.

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It’s not hard to think of objections to Kurlansky’s reading of this war. The Mothers of the Disappeared in Argentina kurlqnsky another example of nonviolence. Dec 21, Mike rated it really liked it. 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 means as demonstrations, sit-ins, argument, litigation and a variety of other peaceful endeavours.

I would recommend this to just about anyone simply because the side of history of told here is often not heard. While he may well be supportive of active nonviolence, time and again his attention returns to pacifism.