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- KEY/RECOMMENDED TEXTS

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Key/recommended texts

The list below highlights a selection from our current stock - it shows key works in the fields of peace, nonviolence and nonviolent action which are recommended by Housmans. The section includes both recent publications as well as some older texts. The titles shown here are also generally included in the relevant topic list.

 

A Force More Powerful Housmans Bookshop

A Force More Powerful

Peter Ackerman

(Palgrave Books, 2007)

hbk £9.95 (reduced from £16.00)

Stories of how ordinary people took extraordinary action - a tour de force.

Gandhi - Prisoner of Hope Judith M Brown Housmans Bookshop

Gandhi - Prisoner of Hope

Judith M Brown

(Yale University Press, 1998)

pbk £15.95

The definitive biography.

 

People Power and Protest Since 1945 - A Bibliography of Nonviolent Action April Carter, Howard Clark and Michael Randle Housmans Bookshop

People Power and Protest Since 1945 -

A Bibliography of Nonviolent Action

April Carter, Howard Clark and Michael Randle

(Housmans, 2006)

pbk now £1.50 (was £8.50)

Annotated listing of almost 1000 sources - an essential for both serious activists and researchers. Now includes a 2007 Supplement.

A Guide to Civil Resistance

A Guide to Civil Resistance: A Bibliography of People Power and Nonviolent Protest - Volume One

(Eds) April Carter, Howard Clark and Michael Randle

(Green Print, 2013)

pbk £10.00

An annotated bibliography of almost 1000 references, covering the theory and practice of nonviolent resistance. It is a substantially revised and expanded versiion of (part of) People Power and Protest Since 1945 - A Bibliography of Nonviolent Action, by the same editors, which was published by Housmans in 2006.

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Peace Movements - International Protest and World Politics Since 1945

April Carter

(Longman Group, Harlow, 1992)

pbk £15.00

A scholarly overview of this area during the Cold War. The author manages to fit in a surprisingly detailed and accurate survey of almost half a century of peace campaigning, with reasonably representative coverage of most parts of the world, though with particular coverage of British campaigns. The author is much more perceptive about the defining differences between various sorts of peace campaigners than are many other authors.

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Making Nonviolent Revolution

Howard Clark

(Peace News, London, 2012)

pbk £3.00

A reprint, with afterword, of the classic Peace News supplement from 1978.

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Anti-Militarism - Political and Gender Dynamics of Peace Movements

Cynthia Cockburn

(Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2012)

pbk £19.99

Looking at the cohesiveness and coherence of peace movements, the author presents original case studies of anti-war, anti-militarist and peace campaigns, in Japan, South Korea, Spain, Uganda, and the UK.

Mahatma Gandhi - Nonviolent Power in Action Dennis Dalton Housmans Bookshop

Mahatma Gandhi - Nonviolent Power in Action

Dennis Dalton

(Columbia University Press, New York, 2000)

pbk £14.50

An intellectually satisfying analysis of the Gandhian concepts of satyagraha and swaraj, the book also deals with the trenchant criticisms of Gandhi's methods by his contemporaries.

The Conquest of Violence: An Essay on War and Revolution Bart de Ligt Housmans Bookshop

The Conquest of Violence: An Essay on War and Revolution

Bart de Ligt

(Pluto Press, 1989)

pbk £9.50

First published in English in 1937, this is a classic textbook of nonviolent revolution and direct action against war and war preparation. With an introduction by Aldous Huxley, and an introduction to this edition by Peter Van Den Dungen.

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Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns

(Ed) Andrew Dey

(War Resisters' International, London, 2014)
pbk £6.99

The new second edition of a publication already translated into a dozen other languages.

 

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Globalization & Militarism: Feminists Make the Link

Cynthia Enloe

(Rowman & Littlefield, Plymouth, 2007)

pbk £15.95

Deals with the patriarchal norm which underpins masculine military solutions, and reminds readers of varied and creative acts of resistance.

Maneuvers - The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives Cynthia Enloe Housmans Bookshop

Maneuvers - The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives

Cynthia Enloe

(University of California Press, 2000)

pbk £19.95

Looks incisively at how militarisation affects far more than the obvious people, dealing with many different women's stories and experiences.

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From Pacification to Peacebuilding - A Call to Global Transformation

Diana Francis

(Pluto Press, London, 2010)

pbk £18.99

Drawing on the traditions of nonviolence and pacifism, and interpreting them in the light of new situations and experience, the author shows why we must break with the sterile ineffectuality of top-down approaches.

People, Peace and Power: Conflict Transformation in Action Diana Francis Housmans Bookshop

People, Peace and Power: Conflict Transformation in Action

Diana Francis

(Pluto, 2002)
hbk £34.95

"It is time for the right location and exercise of power to be re-examined ... never before has there been a greater need to demythologise violence." - from the Preface.

Selected Political Writings Mahatma Gandhi Dennis Dalton Housmans Bookshop

Selected Political Writings

Mahatma Gandhi (Edited, with Introduction, by Dennis Dalton)

(Hackett Publishing, Indianapolis, USA, 1996)

pbk £9.95

The first collection of Gandhi's writings to be based on the complete edition of his works, this volume presents Gandhi's most important political writings arranged around two central themes of his politics - satyagraha (the power of nonviolence) and swaraj (freedom).

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Nonviolent Responses to Terrorism

Tom H Hastings

(McFarland, Jefferson, North Carolina, USA, 2004)

pbk £36.50

An outline of some of the best thinking about nonviolent repsonses to terrorism, dealing with both immediate responses (such as mediations, citizen initiatives, international law, etc) and long-term resposnes (including stopping the flow of arms, building sustainability and justice, conflict education, and use of the media).

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Power - Nonviolent Transformation from the Transpersonal to the Transnational

Tom H Hastings

(Hamilton Books, Maryland, USA, 2005)

pbk £24.95

The author presents an overview of nonviolent power potential, examining it on many levels, and providing theories and historical records of noniolent power.

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Toward a Living Revolution - A five-stage framework for creating radical social change

George Lakey

(Peace News, London, 2012)

pbk £15.00

A welcome reprint of the 1987 edition of this largely timeless book - with even earlier origins - by one of the USA's most significant thinkers and writers and espousers of revolutionary nonviolence. (He has a lot to do with why the pacifist paper Peace News has had its "for nonviolent revolution" subtitle for the last 40 years.) With a new chapter in the form of a Forward to this edition.

The Moral Imagination - The Art and Soul of Building Peace John Paul Lederach Housmans Bookshop

The Moral Imagination - The Art and Soul of Building Peace

John Paul Lederach

(OUP, 2010)

pbk £12.99

Insights, stories and metaphors that captivate the moral imagination; inspiring and uplifting.

Unarmed Bodyguards - International Accompaniment for the Protection of Human Rights Liam Mahony and Luis Enrique Eguren Housmans Bookshop

Unarmed Bodyguards - International Accompaniment for the Protection of Human Rights

Liam Mahony and Luis Enrique Eguren

(Kumarian Press, 1997)

pbk £20.00

An inspirational story, focusing especially on the role of Peace Brigades International in Guatemala.

Uprooting War Brian Martin Housmans Bookshop

Uprooting War

Brian Martin

(Freedom Press, London, 1984)

pbk £2.00 (currently reduced from £6.00)

Discusses resisting war whilst undermining the institutions of the warfare state which promote war.

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Justice Ignited: The Dynamics of Backfire

Brian Martin

(Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, Maryland, USA, 2007)

pbk £21.95

Another fine book from this author, relating academic ideas to real-life experiences, showing how popular outrage at state or corporate crimes can be constructively developed. This will be especially welcomed by anyone who heard Brian's presentations on this theme at the WRI's 2006 Triennial conference in Germany.

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War Prevention Works - 50 stories of people resolving conflict

Dylan Mathews

(Oxford Research Group, Oxford, 2001)

pbk £6.50

Highlights the tools and techniques used by ordinary people to help resolve conflicts around the world.

Doing Democracy: the MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements Bill Moyer Housmans Bookshop

Doing Democracy: the MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements

Bill Moyer

(New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada, 2001)

pbk £11.99

Argues that the apparent ups and downs of a social movement's fortunes follow a pattern which can be used to plan and carry out more effective social action.

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The Unconquerable World: Why peaceful protest is stronger than war

Jonathan Schell

(Penguin, 2005)

pbk £8.99

An eloquent presentation of the idea that war has become dysfunctional as a political instrument. Optimistic, pragmatic and compelling.

Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies Kurt Schock Housmans Bookshop

Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies

Kurt Schock

(University of Minnesota Press, 2005)

pbk £16.00

Looks at how People Power has promoted regime change in some countries but not in others: it provides insights into the power of nonviolent action.

Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies Kurt Schock Housmans Bookshop
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Social Power and Political Freedom

Gene Sharp

(Porter Sargent, Boston, USA, 1980)

pbk £8.95

A famous collection of Gene Sharp's thoughtful writings - spanning a wide field.

 

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How Nonviolent Struggle Works

Gene Sharp

(Albert Einstein Institution, East Boston, USA, 2013)

pbk £9.95

A pocket-sized summary of some key aspects of the writings of "the Clausewitz of nonviolent warfare".

 

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The Politics of Nonviolent Action - Part One: Power and Struggle

Gene Sharp

(Porter Sargent, Boston, USA, 2012)

pbk £19.99

The latest reprint of the first part of Gene Sharp's three-volume tour de force first published in 1973 - a set of books which every self-respecting nonviolent revolutionary had by their bedside 40 years ago and which it's great to have all in print again. This first part systematically analyses the nature and control of political power, and looks at methods of nonviolent action as an effective technique of struggle.

 

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The Politics of Nonviolent Action - Part Two: The Methods of Nonviolent Action

Gene Sharp

(Porter Sargent, Boston, USA, 2012)

pbk £10.95

This second part of Gene Sharp's famous three-volume work covers what the author calls political jiu-jitsu. It gives detailed explanations of Gene Sharp's famous list of 198 nonviolent methods.

 

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The Politics of Nonviolent Action - Part Three: The Dynamics of Nonviolent Action

Gene Sharp

(Porter Sargent, Boston, USA, 2012)

pbk £13.99

The final part of Gene Sharp's 1973 classic analyses in detail the various phases of nonviolent action, looking at planning and strategy; it includes chapters on repression and solidarity, and the ways that power may ultimately be redistributed.

 

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From Dictatorship to Democracy - A Conceptual Framework for Liberation

Gene Sharp

(Housmans, 2011)

pbk £5.95

A reprint - with a new preface by Michael Randle - of this classic text which has been used in many countries by groups struggling nonviolently to overthrow dictatorships. Alongside his strategic insistence on nonviolent methods, the author shatters the illusion that the only alternatives are armed struggle or acquiesence.

 

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Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential

Gene Sharp

(Extending Horizons Books, Boston, USA, 2007)
pbk £18.00

Not only useful for students, this latest work from one of the most important writers on the practicalities of nonviolent struggle will be a "must read" for individuals and groups involved in campaigns which aspire to nonviolence.

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How to Start a Revolution (DVD)

£12.90

The story of the life and work of Gene Sharp; the story of the power of people to change their world.

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Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization, and Governance in the Middle East

(Ed) Maria J Stephan

(Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2009)
pbk £19.50 (reduced from £20.99)

Explores the rich but little-known history of nonviolent civilian-led struggles for rights and freedoms in many parts of the region - even before the uprisings of early 2011.

Government is Violence Leo Tolstoy Housmans Bookshop

Government is Violence - Essays on Anarchism and Pacifism

Leo Tolstoy, Edited and introduced by David Stephens

(Phoenix Press, London, 1990)
pbk £7.95

A key collection, which still fills what is otherwise a major gap in available material by Tolstoy. Includes brief but useful notes, and a list of further reading.

 


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Housmans Peace Diary and World Peace Directory 2015

(Housmans, 2014)

pbk £8.95

The 62nd edition of this classic diary, which includes a directory of approximately 1500 national and international peace, environmental and human rights organisations around the world. (See Peace Diary for more details.)

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