Books About Nonviolent Action
and Civilian-Based Defense

If you are interested in learning more about the history and the theory of nonviolent action and civilian based defense, the bibliography below is a good place to start. We hope to add more books to this list, and even reviews, as we progress, so check back for more recommendations.

  • Ackerman, Peter, and Christopher Kruegler. Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: The Dynamics of People Power in the Twentieth Century. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1994.
  • Anderson, Shelley, and Janet Larmore, eds. Nonviolent Struggle and Social Defence. London: War Resisters' International, 1991.
  • Ash, Timothy. We the People: The Revolution of'89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague. Cambridge: Granta Books, 1990.
  • Bonta, Bruce. Peaceful Peoples: An Annotated Bibliography. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1993.
  • Borman, William. Gandhi and Non-violence. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1986.
  • Burrowes, Robert J. The Strategy of Nonviolent Defense: A Gandhian Approach. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996.
  • Conser, Walter H., Jr., Ronald McCarthy, David Toscano, and Gene Sharp, eds. Resistance, Politics, and the American Struggle for Independence, 1765-1775. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1986.
  • Crow, Ralph E., Philip Grant, and Saad E. Ibrahim, eds. Arab Nonviolent Political Struggle in the Middle East. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1990.
  • Czempiel, Ernst-Otto, Liparit Kiuzadjan, and Zdenek Masopust, eds. Nonviolence in International Crises. International Social Science Council, 1990.
  • Dhawan, Gopinath. The Political Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. 4th ed. New Delhi: Gandhi Peace Foundation, 1990.
  • Easwaran, Eknath. A Man to Match his Mountains: Badshah Khan, Nonviolent Soldier of Islam. Petaluma, California: Nilgiri Press, 1984.
  • Eglitis, Olgerts. Nonviolent Action in the Liberation of Latvia. Cambridge, Mass.: Albert Einstein Institution, 1993.
  • Galtung, Johan. The Way Is the Goal: Gandhi Today. Amedabad: Gujarat Vidyapith Peace Research Centre, 1992.
  • Gandhi, M.K. All Men are Brothers. Ed. Krishna Kripalani. New York: Continuum, 1980.
  • Irwin, Robert. Building a Peace System. Washington, D.C.: ExPro Press, 1989.
  • Lyons, Matthew Nemiroff. The "Grassroots" Network: Radical Nonviolence in the Federal Republic of Germany 1972-1985. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University, Center for International Studies, 1988.
  • Martin, Brian. Social Defence Social Change. London: Freedom Press, 1993.
  • McManus, Philip, and Gerald Schlabach, eds. Relentless Persistence: Nonviolent Action in Latin America. Philadelphia: New Society, 1991.
  • Miniotaite, Grazina. Nonviolent Resistance in Lithuania: A Story of Peaceful Liberation. Cambridge, Mass.: Albert Einstein Institution, 2002.
  • Moller, Bjorn. Common Security and Nonoffensive Defense: A Neorealist Perspective. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1992.
  • Randle, Michael. People Power: The Building of a New European Home. Stroud, U.K.: Hawthorn Press, 1991.
  • Roberts, Adam. Civil Resistance in the East European and Soviet Revolutions. Cambridge, Mass.: Albert Einstein Institution, 1991.
  • Semelin, Jacques. Unarmed against Hitler: Civilian Resistance in Europe, 1939-1943. Trans. Suzan Husserl-Kapit. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1993.
  • Sharp, Gene. Civilian-Based Defense: A Post-Military Weapons System. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990.
  • Sharp, Gene. Self-Reliant Defense Without Bankruptcy of War: Considerations for the Baltics, East Central Europe, and members of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Cambridge, Mass.: Albert Einstein Institution, 1992.
  • Sharp, Gene. From Dictatorship to Democracy. Cambridge, Mass.: Albert Einstein Institution, 2002.
  • Sharp, Gene. There are Realistic Alternatives. Cambridge, Mass.: Albert Einstein Institution, 2002.
  • Sharp, Gene, and Bruce Jenkins. The Anti-Coup. Cambridge, Mass.: Albert Einstein Institution, 2003.