Non-Violence: A History Beyond the Myth

Non-Violence: A History Beyond the Myth


We recognize of the blood and tears provoked via the tasks of transformation of the area via warfare or revolution. ranging from the essay released in 1921 by way of Walter Benjamin, 20th century philosophy has been dedicated to the feedback of violence, even if it has claimed to persist with noble ends. yet what can we be aware of of the dilemmas, of the “betrayals,” of the disappointments and tragedies which the stream of non-violence has suffered? This publication tells a desirable historical past: from the yankee Christian businesses within the first a long time of the 19th century who desired to cast off slavery and conflict in a non-violent means, to the protagonists of movements—Thoreau, Tolstoy, Gandhi, Capitini, M. L. King, the Dalai Lama—who both for idealism or for political calculation flew the flag of non-violence, as much as the leaders of today’s “color revolutions.”

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