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 Vol. 1, which 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, which focuses on social movements, i..e.movements for social, economic and political reform, is in preparation – in the interim we are maintaining on this site relevant sections on social movements from the  2006 bibliography People Power and Protest Since 1945 compiled by April Carter, Howard Clark and Michael Randle.
In addition this website provides  pdf and Word versions of a few important books on civil resistance that are out of print, as well as making links to classic works available elsewhere online and providing regular updates on  books recently published that are specially relevant.  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. 

News from Peace News

The surprising popularity and effectiveness of nonviolence

Wed, 1 June 2016

Lisa Cumming reports on three-day seminar on nonviolent resistance at Leeds Beckett University


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The carrying stream

Wed, 1 June 2016


Connecting the threads of past to future through our lives and songs

If you don’t live in Scotland, you might not know the phrase, ‘the carrying stream’.

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News from War Resisters' International

UPDATE: appeal against DSEi activists not guilty verdict rejected

Tue, 24 May 2016

In March 2016, eight anti-arms trade activists in the UK were acquitted by a magistrate in the UK, having taken direct action against the DSEi arms fair, including several members of WRI affiliated organisations. The Crown Prosecution Service – who originally prosecuted the group – attempted to appeal the decision, but that appeal has been rejected by a judge as “frivolous” and “misconceived”.Activists outside court after the verdictActivists outside court after the verdict

Mining, gender and militarism in Africa

Mon, 23 May 2016

Samantha Hargreaves from WoMin - an African gender and extractives alliance - speaks to Andrew Dey from WRI about the links between gender, extractive industries and militarism in Africa, and what this new network is doing to counter it.Tell us about your work – what is Womin, when did you form, and who makes up your network? What are the critical issues you are working on?

Featured News from ICNC

Coming soon! Nonviolent Conflict News, your window into coverage of civil resistance worldwide.

Wed, 20 April 2016

As a way to keep up with news of civil resistance around the world, we will soon launch Nonviolent Conflict News (NVCNews.org). Check back in late April or early May for more information about this exciting new resource!

News from Waging Nonviolence

A fond farewell to New York’s Peace Pentagon

Thu, 26 May 2016

by Frida Berrigan
The Peace Pentagon, at 339 Lafayette Street, in January 1991, during the Gulf War. (WNV / Ed Hedemann)The Peace Pentagon, at 339 Lafayette Street, in January 1991, during the Gulf War. (WNV / Ed Hedemann)
Nearly 20 years ago, as I left the War Resisters League, or WRL, offices in lower Manhattan for the first time, I noticed that my fingertips were covered in black soot and ink. My hands were full of tracts and leaflets, and I had been looking through...

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What if activists could more accurately predict political events?

Mon, 23 May 2016

by Brian Martin

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Think how useful it would be to make accurate forecasts of political events. Will there be a ceasefire in the Yemen war in the next six months? Will the Chinese government allow uncensored access to the Internet in the next year? Will there be a successful military coup in Mali in 90 days?
With accurate estimates of the likelihood of such events, activists could be more effective in targeting their campaigns. However, there’s a complication. Activist campaigns could change the outcome being forecast. Set this aside for now.
Philip Tetlock is the world’s leading researcher...

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