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The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  113 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A visionary work that explores the limits of violence and charts an unexpectedly hopeful course toward a nonviolent future

At times of global crisis, Jonathan Schell’s writings have presented influential alternatives to conventional, dead-end thinking. His classic bestseller, The Fate of the Earth, was hailed by The New York Times as “an event of profound historical moment.
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Metropolitan Books (first published 2003)
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Larry Bassett
When Jonathan Schell’s “The Unconquerable World,” a meditation on the history and power of nonviolent action, was published in 2003, the timing could not have been worse. Americans were at war — and success was in the air. U.S. troops had invaded Iraq and taken Baghdad (“mission accomplished”) only months earlier, and had already spent more than a year fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. Schell’s book earned a handful of glowing reviews, and then vanished from the public debate as the bombs sco
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Shell geeft veel voorbeelden van min of meer succesvolle geweldloze actie. Hij stelt onder meer dat vele revoluties (Franse, Russische etc ) aanvankelijk geweldloos begonnen en pas later gewelddadig werden.
De geweldloze revolutionair moet een parallele maatschappij organiseren en daarmee de machthebbers uitschakelen. Voorbeelden Ghandi, King, Havel (living in truth) etc.
Shell stelt dat de VS als enige wereldmacht moet kiezen tussen imperiale macht (met grote nadelige gevolgen voor de burgerlijke
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Flip Niesten
Shell geeft veel voorbeelden van min of meer succesvolle geweldloze actie. Hij stelt onder meer dat vele revoluties (Franse, Russische etc ) aanvankelijk geweldloos begonnen en pas later gewelddadig werden.

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"Violence is the method by which the ruthless few can subdue the passive many. Non-violence is a means by which the active many can overcome the ruthless few."

De geweldloze revolutionair moet een parallele maatschappij organiseren en daarmee de machthebbers uitschakelen. Voorbeelden Gha
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Jesse Bacon
Apr 22, 2009 Jesse Bacon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pacifists, warmongers, millitants, dictators, the oppressed
I am almost done and this book is clarifying things I have been pondering for a long time about the nature of nonviolence, activism, and power. A sweeping book that basically taking us through the history of violence and nonviolence, dweilling on well known episodes as well as forgotten ones like the Glorious revolution . Basically it declares that most victories are nonviolent, even ones we think of as violent such as the Russian Revolution. Of course the victorious in that and several other ca ...more
David Gross
Jonathan Schell tells the story of the evolution of the logic of war and political power in a way that might just give it a happy ending after all.

When pacifists argue for the effectiveness of nonviolent solutions in severe political conflicts, it’s easy to be skeptical. Pacifists begin with the belief that violence is always an inappropriate way to settle such conflicts, and so one suspects that they will view the evidence about the effectiveness of nonviolent and violent methods not so much wi
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Maura Shanahan
Had to read this book for a political philosophy class a few years ago. It is one of the few that I held onto after the class was over. Gives an in depth and insightful look into the history of violence and non-violence during war times. Loved many of the ideas presented in the book (at times, long winded), but still trying to decide whether or not some of these ideas have Socialist/Communist agendas...
Alex Boates
This book defines my worldview on large scale conflict. It is a brilliant depiction put together by a man who really knows his stuff. He is able to step outside a narrow national identity and talk about the nature of war itself. Conflict is inevitable and necessary. However the loss of lives in this day in age over conflicts of governance is an outdated technology.
Jeff
If this was better edited, this would have warranted 4-stars. There are parts of it, such as the early sections on the history of war ideology, that were phenomenal, and I have already started using anecdotes from Schell's histories when I teach political theory in my classes. But, sadly, the last one hundred pages reads more like musings than well-argued points.
Barry
Illuminating, thought-provoking, and encouraging. Takes a hard-nosed look at history and the realities of power and violence, and persuasively argues that non-violence (or cooperative power, or 'living in truth') is, in the long-run, more powerful than violence and coercive power. Useful analyses and insights to inform activist strategising.
Charlie
Engaging, serious, hopeful - Schell is an uncommonly skilled writer who winsomely illuminates complex issues. Here he traces the rise of principled systems of nonviolence and makes suggestions for peace triumphing over war in our time.
Amy
Good intro into nonviolent reforms. The first bit is a little dry, with all the theories of war, etc. but it does help explain why nonviolence can be effective in today's world. Great pieces of world history included as well.
Taylor
a quasi-academic reading of the history of social movements in the world. some great perspectives on the role of nonviolence in creating power - generally good, but unnecessarily dense and occasionally unenjoyable.
George
A hopeful book. Perhaps, the culture of war is less and less attractive? Especially relevant now regarding the upheaval in Egypt.
Lazarus P Badpenny Esq
Historically interesting if not always convincing and turns (perhaps understandably) fuzzy when outlining his future vision.
Brian
Jun 25, 2007 Brian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: peaceniks, political theorists
Makes me want to read up more on Solidarity Movement in Poland. Any suggestions out there?
Jeffrey Mcandrew
This looks like an essential read! Schell is a very sharp author.
Brent
This man is a prophet of our time....
Jens
Yes! Schell gets hope!
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