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Civil Resistance

What Everyone Needs to Know®

Erica Chenoweth

23 September 2021

ISBN: 9780190244408

256 pages

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What Everyone Needs To Know®

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Exploring both historical cases of civil resistance and more contemporary examples such as the Arab Awakenings and various ongoing movements in the United States, Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know® provides a comprehensive and engaging review of the current field of knowledge.

  • Introduces the essentials of how and why civil resistance works in a conversational and accessible style
  • Reviews the current field of knowledge on civil resistance with reference to both historical and contemporary cases
  • Demonstrates the important role of civil resistance in the world we live in today

About the Author(s)

Erica Chenoweth, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Erica Chenoweth is the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights & International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Foreign Policy ranked Chenoweth among the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013 for "proving Gandhi right." Chenoweth also won the 2014 Karl Deutsch Award, given annually by the International Studies Association to the scholar under 40 who has made the most significant impact on the field of international politics or peace research. Chenoweth is the co-author of Why Civil Resistance Works, which won the American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Prize, the most prestigious award in the field.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: What is Civil Resistance?
    Chapter 2: How Civil Resistance Works
    Chapter 3: Civil Resistance and Violence against the Movement
    Chapter 4: Civil Resistance and Violence from within the Movement
    Chapter 5: Civil Resistance Around the World
    Chapter 6: The Long-Term Effects of Civil Resistance
    Chapter 7: Civil Resistance Today and Tomorrow
    Chapter 8: Resources


"Civil Resistance is an absolutely essential book for peace activists and anybody interested in history or in creating a better world. So pretty much everyone, then" - Ian Sinclair, Peace News. February 2022.

"Erica Chenoweths book is the user manual we need for the long and difficult struggle ahead of us." - Deepak Bhargava and Harry Hanbury, The Forge

"Erica Chenoweths latest book...offers a detailed and approachable insight into civil resistance, representing the pinnacle of their work on the use of violence within civil action." - Francisca Castro, Social Movement Studies

"Erica Chenoweth has written an excellent book on civil resistance" - Ron Pagnucco, The Journal of Social Encounters

"Chenoweth provides a fantastic compendium of scholarship and general insights on civil resistance that should be valuable for academics and activists alike." - Jessica Maves Braithwaite, International Relations

"This book is as much advocacy as it is an analysis of nonviolence. Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know is an unwavering introductory guide and comprehensive toolkit to civil resistance's methods and potential." - Maiyoraa Jeyabraba, Journal of Peace Research