Welcome to CivilResistance.info

Popular movements round the world have used unarmed or strictly nonviolent resistance to topple oppressive regimes, demand democratic reforms, resist wars, protect the environment and claim social justice or rights for those suffering discrimination.  There is a growing amount of information about these movements and campaigns both in print and on the web.  The aim of this website is to provide a guide to the range of literature and resources available, and to enable users to look in more depth at particular movements, key figures and organisations in the practice of nonviolent action, as well as the theory of civil resistance and important debates about nonviolence.    

This guidance is provided in particular by the online version of A Guide to Civil Resistance, Vols 1 and 2 (published by Merlin Press, 2013 and 2015). Vol. 1 provides summary historical background to numerous people power movements since 1945, i.e. movements which seek to overthrow dictatorship, authoritarian regimes,end foreign occupation or more generally bring about fundamental change in the political or economic system, and annotated bibliographies on each, as well as a wide ranging introduction to the theory and practice of nonviolent action. Vol. 2. focuses on transnational social movements for social and economic justice (including indigenous, feminist and LGBT campaigns and resistance to neoliberal economic policies) and on green and peace movements. It also includes some campaigns which arise out of particular national circumstances, against perversion of democratic standards and/or political corruption, or for regional autonomy or independence.

Both volumes have been transferred to the web in substantially the same form as the printed versions, but with some changes appropriate to their joint presence online, and with a few corrections and some factual updating incorporated into introductory text. New books and articles relevant both to nonviolent action in general and to specific movements or campaigns have appeared since the volumes were printed, and some have been or will be added to the appropriate sections. In addition important new protests which are part of the movements covered, or significant new movements, have emerged since the volumes were printed. The aim is to incorporate these once there is a reasonably substantial literature to cite.

In addition this website provides  pdf and Word versions of a few important books on civil resistance that are out of print. Since important campaigns using predominantly or exclusively nonviolent methods are continually taking place (many not covered the by the mainstream media) this website also has up-to-date news from other websites specialising in reporting nonviolent action. 

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Featured News from ICNC

Key Terms in the Study and Translation of Civil Resistance

Wed, 21 March 2018

By: Hardy Merriman and Nicola Barrach-Yousefi Forthcoming publication in 2018 from ICNC Press. Preview/Summary: The amount of English-language literature in the field of civil resistance has rapidly expanded in recent decades, while the demand for materials in languages other than English has dramatically risen. This glossary of over 150 terms is created to help make …
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Solidarity with the Poor: Civil Disobedience Against Housing Evictions in Hungary

Thu, 22 February 2018

Presented by Balint Misetics on March 27, 2018, at 12 pm Eastern Time REGISTER HERE! Webinar Summary The eviction of impoverished, indebted families is becoming increasingly common in Hungary—but so too are anti-eviction blockades. Nonviolent direct action has been used in such circumstances for years by the Hungarian grassroots activist group The City Is For …
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News from Waging Nonviolence

March on Harrisburg barnstorms across Pennsylvania to restore democracy

Fri, 23 March 2018

by Sarah Freeman-Woolpert
March on Harrisburg on their three-day march from Lancaster to Harrisburg in November. (Instagram/March on Harrisburg)
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Indigenous communities carry on Berta Cacéres’ work by defending nature and health care in Honduras

Wed, 21 March 2018

by Jeff Abbott
A child lights his brother’s torch during the march in memory of Berta Cáceres on March 2. (WNV/Jeff Abbott)
On March 2, hundreds gathered in Honduras to commemorate the life and work of the renowned Honduran activist Berta Cáceres on the second anniversary of...

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