Today's world is in desperate need of realistic alternatives to violent conflict. Nonviolent action - properly planned and executed - is a powerful and effective force for political and social change. In his most recent work, Dr. Sharp shows how to strategically plan nonviolent struggle and make it more effective.
Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential
by Gene Sharp
Hardcover: 598 pages
ISBN: 9780875581613, 0875581617
Extending Horizons Books
"This book is a masterpiece . . . very useful not only to those who study nonviolent struggle but also to . . . nonviolent activists." - Srdja Popovic, Co-founder Serbian democracy movement Otpor
"Sharp is one of the most imaginative strategic thinkers of our time . . . a capstone to his mountainous works." - Major General Edward B. Atkeson, U.S. Army (Ret.), PhD Senior Fellow, Institute of Land Warfare, Association of the U.S. Army
"Waging Nonviolent Struggle is a powerful encyclopedia of major campaigns that adhere to the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence." - U.S. Congressman John Lewis
"[Sharp] has distilled . . . case histories, practical advice, and reflection to produce a work of the greatest value." - Jonathan Schell, Peace & Disarmament Correspondent, The Nation
"A must-read for policymakers and practitioners who are finally asking 'How did it happen?'[in Ukraine and Georgia]" - Jennifer Windsor, Executive Director, Freedom House
This groundbreaking new work builds on 50 years of Gene Sharp's definitive academic research and practical experience aiding nonviolent struggles around the world.
Recently, advocates have applied these methods and strategies with great success in Serbia and Ukraine.
In this book, Dr. Sharp documents 23 significant - and often successful - 20th century nonviolent struggles in a range of cultural and political contexts, and reaffirms nonviolent action as a realistic and powerful alternative to both passivity and violence.
Building on the power analysis of his seminal Politics of Nonviolent Action, Dr. Sharp coherently integrates his theories into praxis, with a vitality tested on the frontlines, often under extreme violence.
Today's world is in desperate need of realistic alternatives to violent conflict.
Any serious student - or practitioner - of nonviolent struggle will find this book an invaluable resource.
Skeptics will be compelled to seriously consider nonviolent action as a tried, tested and proven alternative to both passivity and violence.
Gene Sharp is Senior Scholar at the Albert Einstein Institution in Boston, Massachusetts. From 1965 he held research appointments in Harvard University's Center for International Affairs for nearly thirty years. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Dr. Sharp has been called "the Clausewitz of nonviolent warfare" and "the Machiavelli of nonviolence." He founded the Albert Einstein Institution in 1983 to promote research, policy studies, and education on the strategic uses of nonviolent struggle in the face of dictatorships, war, genocide, and oppression.
He holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in political theory from Oxford University (1968), and a Master of Arts in Sociology (1951) and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (1949) from Ohio State University. He holds two honorary doctorates and has received other honors. He lived for ten years in England and Norway. He did advanced studies at Oxford University and in Norway he held positions at the University of Oslo and the Institute for Social Research.
Dr. Sharp is the author of various books and many other publications on nonviolent struggle, power, political problems, liberation struggle, dictatorships, and defense policy. His writings have been published in 32 languages. His first book, Gandhi Wields the Weapon of Moral Power (1960), included a Foreword by Albert Einstein and an Introduction by Bharatan Kumarappa. Sharp is also co-editor of Resistance, Politics, and the American Struggle for Independence (1986) and of Nonviolent Action: A Research Guide (1997), as well as a contributor to several encyclopedias. His recent shorter writings include "From Dictatorship to Democracy" (available in 12 languages; 1993, 2002, and 2003), "The Anti-Coup" (co-author; 2003), and "There Are Realistic Alternatives" (2003).
Dr. Sharp has prepared simplified presentations on the nature of nonviolent struggle and its applications against dictatorships and coups d'etat. He has conducted workshops and consulted on strategic nonviolent struggle internationally in severe crisis situations.
He is convinced that pragmatic, strategically planned nonviolent struggle can be made highly effective for application in conflicts to lift oppression and as a substitute for violence.
You may also enjoy the main books page, where book titles are alphabetized, or browse by subject or topic. To search by author name, you can use the search box on the right sidebar of this page. We also have book reviews listed chronologically here.