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What Can Peace Movements Do? By Christine Schweitzer & Jørgen Johansen
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This book studies examples of peace movements of the last 110 years, from the conflict between Norway and Sweden in 1905 to the debate on military intervention in Syria in 2013. It looks at the... More > impact these movements have had on the prevention or the ending of wars. It looks at the impact these movements may have had on the prevention or the ending of wars their own governments were engaging in. - Norway-Sweden 1905 - the movement against the Vietnam war in the 1960s and early 1970s - the movement against the support of the Contras in Nicaragua in the 1980s - the peace movement of the 1980s against nuclear weapons - the case of the Women in White in Liberia in 2002-2003 - the movement against the Iraq war in 1991 - the movement against the Iraq war in 2003< Less
Social defence By Brian Martin & Jørgen Johansen
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Social defence is nonviolent community resistance to aggression and repression, as an alternative to military forces. Given the enormous damage caused by military systems, social defence is an... More > alternative worth investigating and pursuing. Since the 1980s, Jørgen Johansen and Brian Martin have been involved in promoting social defence. In this book, they provide an up-to-date treatment of the issues. They address the downsides of military systems, historical examples of nonviolent resistance to invasions and coups, key ideas about social defence, important developments since the end of the Cold War, and the role of social movements. Social defence challenges deeply embedded assumptions about violence and defence. It is also a challenge to powerful groups with vested interests in systems of organised violence, especially militaries and governments. Popular action against aggression and repression is a radical alternative – and a logical one.< Less
Revolutionary Constructive Resistance, Benin 1989 in context and perspective By Stellan Vinthagen & Jørgen Johansen
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From Poland 1980-89 to Algeria 2019 we can identify seven “waves” where massive civil society mobilization has successfully challenged the ruling regimes. These changes have mainly been... More > done outside the accepted constitutional processes and civil society actors have been central driving forces. In this booklet we have taken a closer look at Benin and the changes in 1989-90. Our hope is to inspire students and colleagues to do more research on less studied unarmed regime changes. Only by studying and evaluating the experiences of the past can we better understand and help future generations in similar situations.< Less

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