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Freedom without violence : resisting the western political tradition

Author: Dustin Ells Howes
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2016]
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There is a long tradition in western political thought suggesting that violence is necessary to defend freedom. But nonviolence and civil disobedience have played an equally long and critical role in establishing democratic institutions. Freedom Without Violence explores the long history of political practice and thought that connects freedom to violence in the West, from Athenian democracy and the Roman republic to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dustin Ells Howes
ISBN: 9780199336999 0199336997
OCLC Number: 944012693
Description: xi, 269 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part 1. Liberation. Revolting revolutionaries --
Nonviolent liberation(s) --
Part 2. Defending freedom. Plebeian absences --
Liberty as life --
Part 3. Freedom of rule. Pericles' ideal --
Workers of the nations --
Part 4. Nonviolent freedom. The capacity for freedom --
Nonviolent political freedom.
Responsibility: Dustin Ells Howes.

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Freedom Without Violence offers a critical appraisal of the conventional wisdom that violence is required for liberation and the defense of freedom. Comparing the broad span of violent revolutions  Read more...

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