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The Power of Nonviolence


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Richard Bartlett Gregg, Mohandas Gandhi, Rufus Matthew Jones, Martin Luther King, Jr
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316609446

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  • The Power of Nonviolence, written by Richard Bartlett Gregg in 1934 and revised in 1944 and 1959, is the most important and influential theory of principled or integral nonviolence published in the twentieth century. Drawing on Gandhi's ideas and practice, Gregg explains in detail how the organized power of nonviolence (power-with) exercised against violent opponents can bring about small and large transformative social change and provide an effective substitute for war. This edition includes a major introduction by political theorist, James Tully, situating the text in its contexts from 1934 to 1959, and showing its great relevance today. The text is the definitive 1959 edition with a foreword by Martin Luther King, Jr. It includes forewords from earlier editions, the chapter on class struggle and nonviolent resistance from 1934, a crucial excerpt from a 1929 preliminary study, a biography and bibliography of Gregg, and a bibliography of recent work on nonviolence.

    • Explains how Gregg's text is important both historically and still today
    • Connects the tradition of nonviolence from Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr
    • Presents nonviolence as a transformative and effective tool against the current era of global conflict, ecological disaster and mounting authoritarianism
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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316609446
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 138 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    The works of Richard Bartlett Gregg
    Editor's introduction: integral nonviolence
    Preface to the 1934 edition Richard Bartlett Gregg
    Foreword to a Discipline for Nonviolence 1941 Mohandas Gandhi
    Foreword to the 1944 edition Rufus Matthew Jones
    Preface to the 1944 edition Richard Bartlett Gregg
    Foreword to the 1959 edition Martin Luther King, Jr
    Preface to the 1959 edition Richard Bartlett Gregg
    Preface to the 1960 Indian publication of the 1959 edition Richard Bartlett Gregg
    1. Modern examples of nonviolent resistance
    2. Moral Jiu-Jitsu
    3. What happens
    4. Utilizing emotional energy
    5. How is mass nonviolence possible?
    6. The working of mass nonviolent resistance
    7. An effective substitute for war
    8. The class struggle and nonviolent resistance
    9. Nonviolence and the state
    10. Persuasion
    11. The need for training
    12. Training
    Notes by chapter

  • Author

    Richard Bartlett Gregg


    James Tully, University of Victoria, British Columbia
    James Tully is Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria, Canada. His works include An Approach to Political Philosophy: Locke in Contexts (Cambridge, 1993), Strange Multiplicity: Constitutionalism in an Age of Diversity (Cambridge, 1995), Public Philosophy in a New Key, 2 volumes (Cambridge, 2008), On Global Citizenship: James Tully in Dialogue (2014), and Nichols and Singh, editors., Freedom and Democracy in an Imperial Context: Dialogue with James Tully (2014). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Emeritus Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, and recipient of both the Killam Prize in the Humanities (2012) and the C. B. MacPherson Prize for Public Philosophy in a New Key. He was co-editor of the Cambridge University Press 'Ideas in Context Series' for twenty years.


    Richard Bartlett Gregg, Mohandas Gandhi, Rufus Matthew Jones, Martin Luther King, Jr

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