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TOPIC 1: PACIFISM AND NONVIOLENCE

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Pacfism and nonviolence

This section has material on: pacifism and anti-militarism; conscientous objection and conscription; nonviolence theory; organising nonviolent activism, and mobilising for nonviolent revolution; alternative/civilian-based defence; and both nonviolent civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action (including NVDA training).

Please remember that many of the older titles included in this list are likely to be second-hand.

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A Force More Powerful

Peter Ackerman

(Palgrave Books, 2007)

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

hbk £9.95 (reduced from £16.00)

Also available:
A Force More Powerful DVD
With 2-and-a-half hours of material relating to the themes of the book, including coverage of nonviolent struggles in the USA, India, South Africa, Denmark, Poland and Chile.
£7.50

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Without the Bomb - Non-nuclear Defence Policies for Britain

Alternative Defence Commission

(Paladin Books, London, 1985)

An edited version of the full ADC report from 1983 - a non-propagandist look at what needs defending, against what, and by what means. However it starts from orthodox attitudes to the idea of defending a country, and doesn't deal with ideas of security in human rather than traditional political terms - but these were of course factors which encouraged a wider range of people to take it seriously.

pbk £2.75

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Peace Together: A Vision of Christian Pacifism

(Ed) Clive Barrett

(James Clarke & Co, 1987)

pbk £6.99

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We Will Not Cease: The Autobiography of a Conscientous Objector

Archibald Baxter

(Cape Catley, Whatamongo Bay, New Zealand, 1983)

pbk £2.00

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Alternative to War: An outline of the alternative practical method which must be adopted before war can be abolished

RG Bell

(James Clarke & Co, London, 1959)

An "olde worlde"-style call for nonviolent action ("active non-violent resistance")in national and international struggles. Quaint, even for its time, in its refusal to accept a definition of "pacifism" as something which itself can encompass nonviolent direct action.

pbk £4.00

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Telling Tales About Men: Conceptions of Conscientious Objectors to Military Service During the First World War

Lois S Bibbings

(Manchester University press, 2009)

A brilliant exposure of the contradictions of manliness in wartime.

hbk £27.50 (publisher's price £55.00)

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Nonviolence and Liberation - A Symposium

Harold Bing, Hilda Morris, WRI, Fred Moorhouse, Cesar Chavez & Jean Van Lierde

(Peace Pledge Union, 1969)

Fascinating - and in many ways timeless - articles by pacifists from a variety of iedological and national backgrounds, from a Gandhian US trade unionist to a Belgian revolutionary anti-colonialist socialist.

pmphlt £5.00

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War Without Weapons - Non-Violence in National Defence

Anders Boserup and Andrew Mack

(Frances Pinter, London, 1974)

Written in the light of the nuclearisation of the military strategies of major military powers, this ground-breaking and wide-ranging survery of the field deals with methods, organisational problems, and the use of non-violent methods in the face of military coups and of occupations, as well as its use as deterrence.

pbk £7.50

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One Voice: Pacifist Writings from the Second World War

Vera Brittain

(Continuum, 2005)

This book reprints, for the first time, Vera Brittain's 1942 Humilitation with Honour, and her 1944 denunciation of the Allies' policy of saturation bombing, Seed of Chaos.

pbk £7.99 (currently reduced from £9.99)

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Testament of Youth

Vera Brittain

(Virago, London, 2007)

One of the most famous autobiographies of the First World War, by the woman who was one of the 20th Century's most significant pacifist writers.

pbk £12.99

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Pacifism in the Twentieth Century

Peter Brock and Nigel Young

(Syracuse University Press, USA, 1999)

A key survey of the history of pacifism - a standard work for students of the field.

pbk £9.95

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Hammered by the Irish: How the Pitstop Ploughshares disabled a US Warplane

Harry Browne

(CounterPunch, California, USA, 2008)

The story of nonviolent direct action in Shannon in 2003. With an introduction by Daniel Berrigan.

pbk £13.00

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From Violence to Wholeness - A Ten-Part Process in the Spirituality and Practice of Active Nonviolence

Ken Butigan

(Pace e Bene Press, USA, 2002)

Although much of the material is religiously based, this includes readings and exercises of general use in nonviolence training.

pbk £14.00

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People Power and Protest Since 1945: A Bibliography of Nonviolent Action

April Carter, Howard Clark and Michael Randle

(Housmans, 2006)

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

pbk £8.50

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Nonviolent Action - a selected bibliography

April Carter, David Hoggett & Adam Roberts

(Housmans, 1970)

pbk £1.50

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Letters of a Prisoner For Conscience Sake

T Corder Catchpool

(The Friends Book Centre, 1972)

pbk £2.50

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On Two Fronts

T Corder Catchpool

(Headley Brothers Publishers, 1971)

A 1971 reprint of the 1918 original.

pbk £2.00

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Why Civil Resistance Works - The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

Erica Chenoweth & Maria J Stephan

(Columbia University Press, New York, USA, 2013)

Combining statistical analysis with case studies of specific countries, the authors detail the factors enabling nonviolent struggles to succeed - or to fail. They conclude that the successful use of nonviolent resistance leads to more durable democracies, which are also less likely to regress into civil war.

pbk £14.99

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Articles of Peace - celebrating fifty years of Peace News

(Eds) Gail Chester and Andrew Rigby

(Prism Press, Bridport, Dorest, 1986)

Taking a contemporaneous look at some of the key issues covered by PN during its first 50 years - relating these issues to the paper's coverage, but not primarily a history of PN.

pbk £7.50

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The Californian Crusade of Cezar Chavez

Christopher Child

(Quaker Peace & Service, London, 1980)

The story of the famous struggle of the United Farm Workers, published as part of QPS's Nonviolence in Action series.

pmphlt £3.00

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Conscientious Objection - Resisting Militarized Society

Ozgur Heval Cinar and Coskun Usterci

(Zed Books, 2009)

A wide-ranging and informative study of contemporary conscientious objection in Turkey. Dealing with patriarchy and social militarisation, the book firmly places objection in the context of social transformation.

pbk £14.99

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Making Nonviolent Revolution

Howard Clark

(Peace News, London, 2012)

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

pbk £3.00

   •

People Power - Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity

(Ed) Howard Clark

(Pluto Press, London, 2009)

The contributors place nonviolent struggles in an international context, without shying away from difficult debates.

pbk £15.00

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Preparing for Nonviolent Direct Action

Howard Clark

(Peace News / CND, 1984)

pbk £4.50

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Civil Disobedience - Conscience, Tactics, and the Law

Carl Cohen

(Columbia University Press, new York, USA, 1971)

The author defends activists against many of the arguments of their cricits; but he also criticises poor arguments in favour of civil disobedience - including those based on the Nuremberg Judgements. His definition of civil disobedience is closer to the normal British one than is common in US writing, ie he excludes direct action which doesn't include deliberate breaking of a law.

pbk £5.00

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Gandhi and Beyond: Nonviolence for a New Political Age

David Cortright

(Paradigm Publishers, Boulder, Colorado, USA, 2009)

An interesting mixture of historical coverage and setting out some principles of nonviolent action. However, only a small proportion of the book deals directly with applying these ideas to the current world situation. Some of his attempts to distinguish between nonviolence and pacifism will be controversial.

pbk £16.99

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Hell no, we won't glow - Seabrook, April 1977: Nonviolent occupation of a nuclear power site

Sheryl Crown

(Housmans, 1979)

This story of affinity group-based organisation of a large-scale nonviolent direct action in the USA was a key resource for a generation of British nonviolent activists.

pmphlt £2.00

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The Conquest of Violence: An Essay on War and Revolution

Bart de Ligt

(Pluto Press, 1989)

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.

pbk £9.50

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Why I am Still a Pacifist

Catherina de Ligt, Laurence Housman, & others

(Peace Pledge Union, London, 1946)

Some well-known figures, largely literary & artistic, confirm their pacifism in the wake of the end of World War 2.

pmphlt £5.00

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Active Nonviolence Across the World

Richard Deats

(Fellowship of Reconciliation, Oxford, 2010)

Highlights of four decades of the history of nonviolent struggle.

pmphlt £3.50

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Conscientious Objection to Compulsory Military Service

(Directorate General of Human Rights, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France, 2002)

A brief guide to the legal situation - and to how to find out more - from one of the slightly more enlightened parts of officialdom. (The European Court of Human Rights is, of course, a product of the CoE.)

pmphlt £1.00

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The Non-Violent Cross - a Theology of Revolution and Peace

James W Douglass

(The Macmillian Company, New York, USA, 1970)

A powerful espousal of Christian pacifism from a major writer in the field.

pbk £10.00

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We Will Not Fight... - The Untold Story of the World War One's Conscientious Objectors

Will Ellsworth-Jones

(Aurum Press, London, 2008)

pbk £9.99

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Women Conscientious Objectors - An Anthology

(Eds) Ellen Elster and Majken Jul Sorensen

(War Resisters' International, London, 2010)

Gets to the heart of a feminist engagement with issues of militarism, dealing with case histories ranging in time and place from World War II Britain to present-day Columbia.

pbk £8.00

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Naming the Dead - A Serious Crime

Maya Anne Evans with Milan Rai

(JNV Publications, St Leonards on Sea, Sussex, 2006)

The personal account of the first person convicted under the notorious SOCPA law, forbidding protest near parliament without advance authorisation - for reading out names of people killed in Iraq.

pbk £6.99

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Sowing Seeds: The Militarisation of Youth and How to Counteract it

(Ed) Owen Everett

(War Resisters' International, London, 2013)

Around the world, children and young adults encounter the military and military values in a variety of ways. Through articles, images, surveys and interviews, this collection documents how the seeds of war are planted in young minds in various countries, and also explores the seeds of resistance.

pbk £5.00

   •

Piecing it Together: Feminism & Nonviolence

(Feminism and Nonviolence Study Group, Buckleigh, Devon, 1983)

Still a classic.

pbk £5.00

   •

The Biblical Basis of Pacifism

John Ferguson

(Fellowship of Reconciliation, London, 1993)

pmphlt £1.00

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Pacifism and Conscientious Objection

GC Field

(Cambridge University Press, 1945)

A study based on the statements made by thousands of COs at one of the Second World War regional Tribunals which dealt with their applications.

hbk £6.50

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Victories Without Violence

A Ruth Fry

(Peace Book Club, London, 1943)

An explanation of dozens of examples of successful unarmed struggle, written as a response to militarists who accuse pacifists of being people who do nothing.

pbk £5.25

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Manifesto Against Conscription and the Military System

Gandhi Informations-Zentrum

(Deutsche Bibliothek, 2001)

pbk £3.00

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A Few Small Candles: War Resisters of World War II Tell Their Stories

(Eds) Larry Gara & Lenna Mae Gara

(Kent State University Press, Kent, Ohio, USA, 1999)

Ten pacifists - including Dave Dellinger, Ralph DiGia, and Larry Gara himself - tell why they resisted and what happend.

hbk £18.95 (reduced from £25.00)

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Counter Power - Making Change Happen

Tim Gee

(New Internationalist, Oxford, 2011)

An insightful survey of struggles (not exclusively nonviolent ones) through the years, and how - and why - our struggles must continue. The book addresses ends and means, and the way that nonviolent struggle produces results more consistent with its aims. The author demonstrates powerfully that campaigning does make a difference.

pbk £9.99

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We Will Not Go to War - conscientious objection during the world wars

Felicity Goodall

(History Press, Stroud, 2010)

The struggles, motivations and stories of Britons who were widely viewed as outcasts.

pbk £9.99

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Conscription and Conscience: A History 1916-1919

John W Graham

(Augustus M Kelley Publishers, New York, USA, 1969)

A reprint of the sympathetic and detailed history first published in Britain in 1922.

hbk £11.50

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The Power of Non-Violence

Richard B Gregg

(James Clarke & Co Ltd, London, 1960)

This is the author's 1959 revision of the classic title first published in 1935, which has been an essential starting point for theorists of nonviolence for generations since. It deals with many issues which are still being addressed by activists today - how nonviolence relates to class, the state, and our biology; how it is an effective substitute for war; and how we need to prepare and train. This edition has a Foreword by Martin Luther King.

pbk £10.00

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Nonviolent Direct Action - American Cases: Social-Psychological Analyses

(Eds) A Paul Hare and Herbet H Blumberg

(Corpus Books, Washington DC, USA, 1968)

A seminal analysis of radical nonviolent action in the USA, taking its cases primarily - but not exclusively - from the 1960s. Includes a wide range of analytical articles from some of the best-known authors in this field.

hbk £18.00

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Refusing to Kill - Conscientious Objectors and Human Rights in the First World War

Oliver Haslam

(Peace Pledge Union, 2006)

The best overview of conscientious objection in Britain in the First World War which is currently in print.
pbk £15.00

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Nonviolent Responses to Terrorism

Tom H Hastings

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

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).

pbk £36.50

   •

Quenching Wrath - Collective Security and Nonviolence

Howard Horsburgh

(Pax Books, Glasgow, 1992)

This book questions conventional attitudes to "security" and argues that only nonviolence can bring about security as properly understood.

pbk £3.00

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Unarmed Against Fascism - How the Norwegians resisted the German occupation during World War II

AK Jameson

(Peace News, 1963)

A pacifist summarises the story of successful nonviolent resistance in Norway - when the Germans could be said to have invaded the country but not conquered it - and assesses its significance. It includes a foreward by a participant in the resistance. The main text of the pamphlet is a revised version of New Way in Norway?, published by Peace News in 1948.

pmphlt £7.00

   •

Conscientious Objectors of the Second World War - Refusing to Fight

Ann Kramer

(Pen & Sword, Barnsley, 2013)

A well-researched look at the subject of Second World War COs in Britain - including some pre-war background - covering what they did and said, and what happend to them. A pity that the indexer has spoiled a good job by the use of not just grating, but misleading, US English.

hbk £19.99

   •

Hostage in Iraq

Norman Kember

(Darton, Longman and Todd, London, 2007)

The story of this Christian pacifist's months as a hostage.

hbk £14.95

   •

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

George Lakey

(Peace News, London, 2012)

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

pbk £15.00

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Crimes of Dissent: Civil Disobedience, Criminal Justice and the Politics of Conscience

Jarret S Lovell

(New York University Press, USA, 2009)

A look at the motivations and the costs of breaking the law during the struggle for social change - though primarily dealing with the US context. And note the US terminolgy of the title: it deals with what British activists call direct action, not just with what we call civil disobedience (ie it covers cases where the lawbreaking is an irrelevant by-product of following one's conscience, as well as those when breaking the law is a more deliberate part of the strategy).

pbk £7.99 (reduced from £15.99)

   •

Nonviolence in America: A Documentary History

(Ed) Staughton Lynd

(The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, USA, 1966)

A wide-ranging look at well over 200 years of US radicalism.

pbk £4.50

   •

The New Testament Basis of Pacifism

GHC Macgregor

(Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1953)

hbk £5.00

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Uprooting War

Brian Martin

(Freedom Press, London, 1984)

pbk £2.00 (currently reduced from £6.00)

   •

Nonviolent Struggle and Social Defence

Brian Martin and others (Eds Shelley Anderson and Janet Larmore)

(War Resisters' International, 1991)

pbk £5.00

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Social Defence - Social Change

Brian Martin

(Freedom Press, London, 1993)

Discusses how social defence is not just a non-military approach to dealing with an invasion, but how its radical implications lead equally to ways of opposing oppression and violence within one's "own" society.

pbk £4.95

   •

Justice Ignited: The Dynamics of Backfire

Brian Martin

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

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.

pbk £21.95

   •

The Ministry of Reconciliation - Christian Pacifism: Its Grounds and Implications

(Ed) Hugh Martin

(Headley Brothers, London, 1916)

A very rare copy of the original edition of what was a highly topical classic of its era.

£25.00

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War Prevention Works - 50 stories of people resolving conflict

Dylan Mathews

(Oxford Research Group, Oxford, 2001)

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

pbk £6.50

   •

The Raytheon 9 - Resisting War Crimes is Not a Crime

Eamonn McCann

(The Derry Anti-War Coalition, 2008)

The story of the occupation of the Raytheon arms factory in Northern Ireland, which provides bombs for the Israeli air force.

pmphlt £2.00

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Road from ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia - An Iraq War Memoir

Camilo Mejia

(Haymarket Books, Chicago, USA, 2008)

The author applied for discharge as a conscientious objector, but was convicted of desertion.

pbk £11.99

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Self-Defence

Don Milani

(War Resisters' International, Enfield, Middlesex, 1965)

Following a statement by Italian army chaplains, calling conscientious objectors cowards, Don Milani, a priest in central Italy, issued a letter in the COs' support. We was then charged with incitement to crime. His defence to the charge - set out in this pamphlet along with the original exchange - has inspired many people since.

pmphlt £10.00

   •

A Conscientous Objector's Guide to the UN Human Rights System

Emily Miles

(Quaker UN Office, Geneva / CONCODOC, London, 2000)

Quite a lucid and well-structured guide to a complex area - an invaluable tool.

pbk £10.00

   •

The Abolition of War

Walter Millis & James Real

(The Macmillian Company, New York, 1963)

Written on the basis that a solution can be found to provide a substitute for legalised mass murder.

hbk £5.50

   •

More Plain Words on War

Sybil Morrison

(Peace News, London, 1955)

A small collection of some of Sybil Morrison's weekly columns which appeared for many years on the back page of Peace News

pmphlt £4.00

   •

The Life and Work of Stuart Morris

Sybil Morrison

(Peace Pledge Union, 1969)

A Christian pacifist, and ordained Anglican, Stuart Morris would certainly have become a Bishop if he hadn't renounced his Holy Orders in 1939, having been made to resign from his post as Chaplain of the Fleet Air Arm because of his preaching of pacifist sermons. He served as both Chairperson and General Secretary of the PPU.

pmphlt £10.00

   •

Resisting the Nation State - The Pacifist and Anarchist Tradition

Geoffrey Ostergaard

(Peace Pledge Union, 1985)

pmphlt £3.00

   •

From Protest to Resistance - The Direct Action Movement Against Nuclear Weapons

Peace News - various authors

(Mushroom Bookshop, Nottingham, 1981)
An all-too-brief, but powerful, history of nonviolent activism at the cutting edge of the anti-nuclear weapons movement in the 1950s ansd 1960s - published just as this movement was to see a new upsurge. The fine range of contributors includes Dennis Gould, Pat Arrowsmith, Adrian Mitchell and Nicolas Walter, and includes excerpts from a historic court case, iconic pictures, and a timeline.

pbk £6.50

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An Outline for Pacifist Study

(Peace Pledge Union, London, 1940)

As well as introducing a series of topics for discussion, this war-time PPU pamphlet includes insights into group structure intended to help pacifist groups in those difficult times.

pmphlt £12.00

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Comrades in Conscience - The story of an English community's opposition to the Great War

Cyril Pearce

(Francis Boutle Publishers, 2001)

pbk £15.00

   •

The Right to Refuse Military Orders

(Ed) Merja Pentikainen

(International Peace Bureau, in collaboration with IALANA and others, 1994)

pbk £2.00

   •

Professional Soldiers and the Right to Conscientious Objection in the European Union

Tobias Pfluger

(Euroepean Parliament / War Resisters' International, 2008)

Part of a series, "Information against war, repression, and for another society".

pbk £2.00

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Conscience and Liberty

Robert SW Pollard

(George Allen and Unwin, London, 1940)

Includes conscientious objection to military conscriptiion in the broader context of the link betwen freedom of conscience and liberty of opinion.

hbk £7.50

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Conscience and Liberty

Robert SW Pollard

(George Allen and Unwin, London, 1940)

Includes conscientious objection to military conscriptiion in the broader context of the link betwen freedom of conscience and liberty of opinion.

pbk £5.00

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The Faith Called Pacifism

Max Plowman

(JM Dent & Sons, London, 1936)

A leading figure in the pacifist movement of the 1930s calls for both war resistance and co-operative living.

hbk £4.25

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War is a Crime Against Humanity

Devi Prasad

(War Resisters' International, 2005)

The long-awaited story of the first 50-plus years of the WRI.

pbk £18.00 (currently reduced from £28.00)

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They Love it But Leave It - American Deserters

Devi Prasad

(War Resisters' International, London, 1971)

hbk £12.00

   •

Discussing Alternatives to Military Intervention - Reports from a Quaker seminar in London, October 2000

(Quaker Books, London, 2002)

The material deals with the problems of peaceful prevention of genocide and armed conflict, looks at examples from past and present conflict zones, and considers the role of governmental and non-governmental organisations.

pbk £3.50

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Conscience & Politics: The British Government and the Conscientious Objector to Military Service 1916-1919

John Rae

(OUP, London 1970)

One of the key books for anyone interested in COs in Britain in the First World War. Covers the political and legal issues, the various grounds people had, the limitations and confusion of the legal procedures established for COs, and the organisations campaigning for them.

hbk £18.00

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Militarism and Repression

Michael Randle with Beverly Woodward

(International Seminars on Training for Nonviolent Action, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 1980)

The thesis is that militarism is related to repression at both instrumental and structural levels. It's good to have a wide-ranging and well-researched exposition of ideas that many of us, at least in a simplistic way, take for granted.

pmphlt £10.00

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People Power: The Building of a New European Home

Michael Randle

(Hawthorn Press, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 1991)

The author looks at the way individuals and groups used non-violent methods, and social resistance, over many years, to erode and finally overthrow the autocratic regimes in eastern Europe. The book also incldues interviews with individuals involved.

pbk £7.95

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An Outline for Pacifist Study

(Introduced by) Charles E Raven

(Peace Pledge Union, London, 1940s)

A collection of essays dealing with the vlaue of study groups, and with ideas for some of the issues worthy of study.

pmphlt £5.00

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The Starting Point of Pacifism

Charles E Raven

(Peace Pledge Union, London, 1940)

A thoughtful, though partly religiously-based, take on how human-ness leads to pacifism. The second in a series of PPU wartime pamphlets, under the general title "The Bond of Peace", discussing the meaning of pacifism in relation to the individual and society.

pmphlt £5.00

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The Battle of Larzac

Roger Rawlinson

(Fellowship of Reconciliation, New Malden, Surrey, 1976)

A rare copy of this story of the long nonviolent struggle of the peasant farmers of the Larzac Plateau, in central France, against government plans to extend an army camp onto their lands. Including a duplicated update from the author of the events during the two years after the pamphlet was published.

pmphlt £10.00

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Larzac - A Victory for Nonviolence

Roger Rawlinson

(Quaker Peace & Service, London, 1983)

This pamphlet, in the QPS "Nonviolence in Action" series, takes the long story of the struggle of the Larzac peasants (to resist the expansion of an army camp) through to its victory in 1981 when the military's plan was annulled. It includes a look back at the lessons to be learned, by an author who was the pre-eminent British expert on the struggle.

pmphlt £2.00

   •

The Christian's Alternative to War: An Examination of Christian Pacifism

Leyton Richards

(Student Christian Movement, London, 1929)

A leading pacifist writer approaches the issue from a Christian perspective.

£14.50

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Palestinian Resistance and Nonviolence

Andrew Rigby

(Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs, Jersualem, 2010)

Covers the period from the British military occupation after the First World War, up to 2010. From 1949, it concentrates on struggle in the Occupied Territories, rather than in Israel itself or amongst refugee communities outside Palestine.

pbk £10.00

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The Abolition of War: The "Peace Movement" in Britain, 1914-1919

Keith Robbins

(University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 1976)

An interesting historical study of how arguments within and between the very mixed peace organisations pre-dating the First World War led to the founding of new, more fully pacifist, movements.
hbk £7.50

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Civilian Resistance as a National Defence - Non-violent Action against Agression

(Ed) Adam Roberts

(Pengin Books, Harmondsworth, 1969)

A classic; though uses an old-fashioned characterisation of "pacifism" as something insufficiently active to encompass all the techniques covered in the book. Originally pubished as The Strategy of Civilian Defence in 1967, this edition includes a new introduction by the editor, dealing with the events in Czechoslovakia in 1968.

pbk £4.50

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Civil Resistance & Power Politics - The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Presen

(Eds) Adam Roberts & Timothy Garton Ash

(OUP, Oxford, 2011)

The book looks at instances of the use of unarmed people-power stretching back almost a century, with some 20 examples dealt with by a range of experts. The writers - besides setting out histories - include useful analysis. It's encouraging when mainstream historians can acknowledge the militantly activist tradition within pacifism, and can write - with few reservations - about the concept of nonviolent revolution (even if they hyphenate non-violent).

pbk £25.50 (published at £36.00)

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Civil Resistance & Power Politics - The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Presen

(Eds) Adam Roberts & Timothy Garton Ash

(OUP, Oxford, 2011)

The book looks at instances of the use of unarmed people-power stretching back almost a century, with some 20 examples dealt with by a range of experts. The writers - besides setting out histories - include useful analysis. It's encouraging when mainstream historians can acknowledge the militantly activist tradition within pacifism, and can write - with few reservations - about the concept of nonviolent revolution (even if they hyphenate non-violent).

pbk £16.99

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Christianity is Pacifism

William Robinson

(George Allen & Unwin, 1933)

"Persuasive" according to a major contemporary theological journal.

pbk £20.00

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Society Without the State

Ronald Sampson

(Peace Pledge Union, London, 1985)

In this challenging essay, the author explores the meaning of power, and its significance in our lives. Originally published in 1970, with a different introduction, as The Anarchist Basis of Pacifism

pmphlt £3.00

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The Unconquerable World - Why peaceful protest is stronger than war

Jonathan Schell

(Penguin, 2005)

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

pbk £8.99

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Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies

Kurt Schock

(University of Minnesota Press, 2005)

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.

pbk £16.00

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The Frontier Gandhi: Abdul Ghaffar Khan - Muslim champion of nonviolence

Shireen Shah

(Movement for the Abolition of War, London, with the International Peace Bureau, Geneva, Switzerland, 2008)

Abdul Ghaffar Khan (who lived from 1890 to 1988) was nicknamed "the Frontier Gandhi" because he spent much of his life working for social transformation through nonviolent means - justifying it in terms of his Islamic beliefs - with a nonviolent "army" challenging British rule in the North-West Frontier region of British India (now Pakistan).

pmphlt £3.00

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

Gene Sharp

(Porter Sargent, Boston, USA, 2012)

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.

pbk £19.99

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

Gene Sharp

(Porter Sargent, Boston, USA, 2012)

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.

pbk £10.95

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

Gene Sharp

(Porter Sargent, Boston, USA, 2012)

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.

pbk £13.99

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Sharp's Dictionary of Power and Struggle - Language in Civil Resistance and Conflict

Gene Sharp

(OUP, London, 2012)

It's rare to find a work of reference so gripping! And it has little to quibble with - even for those sensitive to differences between US and British political terminologies. Another excellent tool for activists from this great pioneer of nonviolent theory.
pbk £12.99

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From Dictatorship to Democracy - A Conceptual Framework for Liberation

Gene Sharp

(Housmans, 2011)

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.

pbk £5.95

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

Gene Sharp

(Extending Horizons Books, Boston, USA, 2005)

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.

pbk £16.95

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I Will Not Fight - Selected Talks and Writings 1924-37

Dick Sheppard

(Peace Pledge Union, London, 1985)

This collection of writings, by the PPU's founder, was part of an occasional series of PPU reprints of otherwise hard-to-find material from the organisation's early days which was of continued interest and relevance - as indeed this still is, another 25 years on.

pmphlt £3.50

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The Quiet Battle - Writings on the Theory and Practice of NonViolent Resistance

(Ed) Mulford Q Sibley

(Anchor Books, New York, USA, 1963)

The selection covers both the theory and the practice, and prvides an excellent round-up of classic writings through the ages.

pbk £8.50

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Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living

Laura Slattery et al

(Pace e Bene Press, California, USA, 2005)

Part of a study and action series, offering a wide variety of principles, stories, exercises, and readings - for learning, practising, and experimenting with the power of creative nonvioence.

pbk £14.00

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

(Ed) Maria J Stephan

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

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Eunice Fleet

Lily Tobias

(Honno Classics, 2004)

A novel about the treatment of conscientious objectors in the First World War, by an author two of whose brothers were COs. This classic has been reprinted after being out of print for more than half a century.

pbk £8.99

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Government is Violence - Essays on Anarchism and Pacifism

Leo Tolstoy, Edited and introduced by David Stephens

(Phoenix Press, London, 1990)

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.

pbk £7.95

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An Energy Field More Intense than War: The Nonviolent Tradition and American Literuature

Michael True

(Syracuse University Press, USA, 1995)

The author looks at the rich tradition of US literature dealiing with nonviolence.

pbk £13.95

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Political Violence & Civil Disobedience

Ernest van den Haag

(Harper & Row, New York, USA, 1962)

A thought-provoking essay, though based very much in its time and place. It uses a definition of civil disobedience as meaning disregard of a law which one opposes overall, but not the breaching of a law which one refuses to accept for oneself without necessarily opposing the existence of the law. Hence - for example - some illegal resistance to conscription by conscientous objectors would not be included in the definition. The author considers definitions of violence and of coercion, and looks at riots and democracy and alienation.

pbk £6.00

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Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns

(War Resisters' International, London, 2014)

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

pbk £6.99

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Peace is the Way - A Guide to Pacifist Views and Actions

(Eds) Cyril Wright and Tony Augarde

(Lutterworth Press, Cambridge, 1990)

Produced for the Peace Pledge Union, it includes a series of essays on the relationship of pacifism to many other issues, as well as chapters on pacifist actions, pacifist alternatives, pacifist organisations, and so on. A comprehensive introduction.

pbk £6.95

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In Solitary Witness - The Life and Death of Franz Jagerstatter

Gordon Zahn

(Templegate Publishers, Springfield, USA, 1986)

The Christian who resisted conscription into Hitler's forces, and was executed.

pbk £10.99

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Snowball: The Story of a Non-violent Civil-Disobedience Campaign in Britain

(Eds) Angie Zelter and Arya BhushanBhardwaj

(Gandhi-in-Action, New Delhi, India, 1991)

The story of the long-running and imaginative Snowball campaign against Britain's nuclear weapons.

pbk £10.50

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ORGANISATIONS you can contact which are concerned with some of the issues here include:


Peace Pledge Union (PPU), 1 Peace Passage, Brecknock Rd, London N7 0BT, Britain (tel +44-20-7424 9444; fax 7482 6390; e-mail enquiry@ppu.org.uk; web www.ppu.org.uk).


Fellowship of Reconciliation - England (FoRE), Peace House, 19 Paradise St, Oxford OX1, Britain (tel +44-1865-250781; e-mail office@for.org.uk; web www.for.org.uk).
[Note: FoRE have made a selection, from material stocked in Housmans, of titles they particularly recommend. This selection - including some items from the list above - is shown here for reference.]

War Resisters' International (WRI), 5 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9DX, Britain (tel +44-20-7278 4040; fax 7278 0444; e-mail info@wri-irg.org; web wri-irg.org).


For further useful contacts see the Directory published in the latest Housmans Peace Diary, or online at www.housmans.info/wpd