Nonviolence the history of a dangerous idea modern library chronicles mark kurlansky dalai lama on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in this timely highly original and controversial narrative new york times bestselling author mark kurlansky discusses nonviolence as a distinct entity. Nonviolence the history of a dangerous idea first published as nonviolence twenty five lessons from the history of a dangerous idea is a book by mark kurlansky it follows the history of nonviolence and nonviolent activism focusing on religious and political ideals from early history to the present. In nonviolence the history of a dangerous idea best selling author mark kurlansky describes the movements often religious in origin that have denounced war in favor of active nonviolent resistance he details their history celebrates their victories and underscores the discipline they have shown in the face of repression. The conventional history of nations even continents is a history of warfare according to this view all the important ideas and significant changes of humankind occured as part of an effort to win one violent bloody conflict or another but there have always been a few who refused to fight following the grand sweep of history from confucius to tolstoy erasmus to gandhi bestselling . He calls nonviolence a dangerous idea because it has often threatened the established order was seen as extreme he thinks the efforts of pacifists and advocates of nonviolence have had more influence on events than history credits them he distinguishes the terms pacifism and non violence
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