Freedom Without Violence

Hardcover | April 22, 2016

byDustin Ells Howes

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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 the Age of Revolutions and the rise of totalitarianism. It is the first comprehensive examination of the idea thatviolence is necessary to obtain, defend, and exercise freedom. The book also brings to the fore the opposing theme of nonviolent freedom, which can be found both within the Western tradition and among critics of that tradition. Since the plebs first vacated Rome to refuse military service and win concessions from the patricians in 494 B.C., nonviolence and civil disobedience have played a critical role in republics and democracies. Abolitionists, feminists and anti-colonial activists all adopted and innovated the methodsof nonviolence. With the advent of the Velvet Revolutions, the end of apartheid in South Africa and, most recently, the Arab Spring, nonviolence has garnered renewed interest in both scholarly publications and the popular imagination. In this book, Dustin Ells Howes traces the intellectual historyof freedom as it relates to the concepts and practices of violence and nonviolence. Through a critique and reappraisal of the Western political tradition, Freedom Without Violence constructs a conception of nonviolent freedom. The book argues that cultivating and practicing this brand of freedom isthe sine qua non of a vibrant democracy that resists authoritarianism, imperialism and oligarchy.

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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 f...

Dustin Ells Howes is David J. Kriskovich Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 22, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199336997

ISBN - 13:9780199336999

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I: Liberation1. Revolting Revolutionaries2. Nonviolent Liberation(s)Part II: Defending Freedom3. Plebian Absences4. Liberty as LifePart III: Freedom to Rule5. Pericles's Ideal6. Workers of the NationsPart IV: Nonviolent Freedom7. The Capacity for Freedom8. Nonviolent Political FreedomConclusionNotesReferencesIndex

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"A major challenge facing humanity today is to find ways of defending freedom without resorting to the horrors of modern warfare. A sober analysis of the entire Western political tradition has led Howes to the conclusion that the yearning for nonviolent ways of maintaining freedom is steadilygetting stronger. This is a book for our troubled times. Academics, journalists and policy makers will find its vision appealing and realistic." --Anthony J. Parel, Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary