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. 

News from Peace News

The Fire Now book launch

Tue, 11 December 2018

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Diary: Lawrence Cheuk

Sat, 1 December 2018

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Featured News from ICNC

Planning Nonviolent Campaigns

Thu, 25 October 2018

A Book Launch Webinar with Leading Civil Resistance Practitioner Ivan Marovic Thursday, January 17, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm ET REGISTER HERE Webinar Summary “If you asked me about the movement I was part of, Otpor, and the campaigns we ran, I could tell you about tactics all day long. I could also talk about the Declaration on …
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2018 ICNC Research Fellows

Mon, 22 October 2018

In 2018, ICNC received a total of 22 applications from Ph.D. candidates and Junior Faculty to become Research Fellows.  We are in the process of reviewing these applications and corresponding with applicants and will be posting information about each accepted Fellow as soon as their fellowship is awarded. The goal of the fellowship is to …
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News from Waging Nonviolence

Mass nationwide protests bring Togo to the brink of ending 50 years of dictatorship

Fri, 14 December 2018

by Regina Asinde
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Hundreds of thousands took to the streets of cities across the West African country of Togo on Dec. 8, as part of a recently revived wave of nationwide protests demanding political reforms. At the center of their demands is the reinstatement of the 1992 constitution, which...

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Meet the activist who brought the Monopoly Man meme to life

Wed, 12 December 2018

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