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Author Sharp, Gene.

Title From dictatorship to democracy : a conceptual framework for liberation / Gene Sharp.

Imprint New York : New Press ; [Jackson, Tenn.] : Distributed by Perseus, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    321.8 SHA    Claims Retd
Description xx, 138 pages ; 19 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 136-138).
Contents Facing dictatorships realistically -- The dangers of negotiations -- Whence comes the power? -- Dictatorships have weaknesses -- Exercising power -- The need for strategic planning -- Planning strategy -- Applying political defiance -- Disintegrating the dictatorship -- Groundwork for durable democracy -- Appendix: The methods of nonviolent action.
Summary Twenty-one years ago, at a friend's request, a Massachusetts professor sketched out a blueprint for nonviolent resistance to repressive regimes. It would go on to be translated, photocopied, and handed from one activist to another, traveling from country to country across the globe: from Iran to Venezuela -- where both countries consider Gene Sharp to be an enemy of the state -- to Serbia; Afghanistan; Vietnam; the former Soviet Union; China; Nepal; and, more recently and notably, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, and Syria, where it has served as a guiding light of the Arab Spring. This short guide to overthrowing a dictatorship by nonviolent means lists 198 specific methods to consider, depending on the circumstances: sit-ins, popular nonobedience, selective strikes, withdrawal of bank deposits, revenue refusal, walkouts, silence, and hunger strikes.
Subject Democratization.
Strategic planning.
ISBN 9781595588500 (pbk.)
1595588507 (pbk.)

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