Dr. Maciej Bartkowski, Senior Director, Education and Research at ICNC
Thursday, June 6, 2013 / 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST
The modern practice of civil resistance sprang from the ideas about the underlying nature of political power and agency of people that began to be formed much earlier in history than many realize.
In fact, as the newly edited book Recovering Nonviolent History. Civil Resistance in Liberation Struggles shows, in the last two centuries, many societies – regardless of geographical, cultural, religious, or political settings – engaged in successful nonviolent resistance to defend themselves from foreign domination and protect their national communities.
In the age of revolutions, rise of violent nationalism, independence wars, brutal anti-colonial struggles and major internal and regional wars the history hides important nonviolent campaigns that were led by ordinary people with the aim of reclaiming their rights to self-rule.
This webinar talk will discuss the power and dynamics of civil resistance, bring up stories of unarmed struggles, often buried beneath eulogized violence, and account for denials of civil resistance in national annals.