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Gene Sharp

The Role of Power in Nonviolent Struggle (1990)

The Role of Power in Nonviolent Struggle (1990) by Gene Sharp


Nonviolent struggle is based upon the very nature of power in society and politics. The practice, dynamics, and consequences of nonviolent struggle are all directly dependent upon the wielding of power and its effects on the power of the opponent group. This technique c...

Gene Sharp

How Nonviolent Struggle Works (2013)

How Nonviolent Struggle Works (2013) by Gene Sharp


This small book offers the principal contents of the 902 pages of the original 1973 The Politics of Nonviolent Action to anyone who wants to learn the substance of how nonviolent struggle works.(1) That is, how the nonviolent technique can operate in conflicts, even when strong opponen...

Roland Bleiker

Nonviolent Struggle and the Revolution in East Germany (1993)

Nonviolent Struggle and the Revolution in East Germany (1993) by Roland Bleiker


We were more afraid of the people than the people had reason to be afraid of us.
(Statement by a member of the much feared Stasi, the East German State Security Service)

"We are the people" was the main battle cry of the nonviolent struggle that...

Gene Sharp

198 Methods of Nonviolent Action (2014)


Far too often people struggling for democratic rights and justice are not aware of the full range of methods of nonviolent action. Wise strategy, attention to the dynamics of nonviolent struggle, and careful selection of methods can increase a group’s chances of success. Gene Sha...

Robert Helvey

On Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: Thinking About the Fundamentals (2004)

On Strategic Nonviolent Conflict (2004) by Robert Helvey


The twentieth century was the most violent century in recorded history. Two World Wars resulted in the deaths of more than 200 mil- lion soldiers and civilians. In addition, there were many limited, but just as terrifying, wars of liberation,...