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From Dictatorship to Democracy was a pamphlet, printed and distributed by Dr Gene Sharp and based on his study, over a period of forty years, on non-violent methods of demonstration. Now in its fourth edition, it was originally handed out by the Albert Einstein Institution, and although never actively promoted, to date it has been translated into thirty-one languages. This ...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published January 12th 2012 by Serpent's Tail (first published 1994)
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مصطفي سليمان
الكتاب دا المفروض يدخل تحت اطار الخيال العلمي
او ان احمد خالد توفيق يعمل عدد ف ماوراء الطبيعه يسميه
أسطورة الديموقراطية

بقي بوصوا يا سادة يا كرام
المفروض ان الكتاب دا اللي العملاء المصريين
اللي هما احنا , التزمنا بيه وعملنا الثورة علي اساسه
وهو كان المحرض وكان بيتوزع علينا ف الميادين

طيب اللي يقولك كدا انت ممكن تقوله وضمريك مستريح

يحموك في كنكه مخرومه تذاع لايف كل يوم وبالتصويت

الكتاب يا سادة بيتكلم علي التحول الديموقراطي باستخدام سياسة اللاعنف زي اخوكم ف الله غاندي

وقايل وسائل ضغط ممكن من خلالها تضغط علي
Ahmed Abdelhamid
أظن الفصل الأخير مهم جدا في علميات التحول الديمقراطي و كتابة الدساتير.
و أظن ان ما به من أوله من افكار تصلح ايضا للواقعين تحت سلطة احتلال مدني، مثل إسرائيل في الداخل الفلسطيني.

في الأخير طريقة تفكيره أعجبتني، خصوصا فيما يتعلق بمسائل التدخل الأجنبي، و أنه دائما لن يأتي بأي خير، و أن المصلحة وحدها هي ما يدفعه دائما.

عمو جين شارب، الأب الروحي للثورة المصرية، صاحب منهج:
سلمية سلمية سلمية
في كتابه، من الدكتاتورية إلى الديمقراطية، الذي يضع فيه بعض اسس النزاع الاعنيف، في عملية التحول الديمقراطي، بعد
Bob Foulkes
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serendipitously, I read Gene Sharp's book From Dictatorship to Democracy just before joining an election monitoring mission in Ukraine this October 2012. I was in Ukraine two years ago on a similar monitoring mission observing the final round of a Presidential run-off between Yulia Tymoschenko and and Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych won and has been putting into practise all the time tested mechanisms used for turning a democratic state into a dictatorship. On my return two years later, I witnesse ...more
Rivera Sun
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this book. It's a citizens' handbook for understanding the rise and fall of dictators through nonviolent resistance. I hate to say it, but it's timely and extremely relevant in America today. Chris Hedges also urges everyone to read Gene Sharp's work.
Sara Jesus
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science
Um ensaio político que retrata os sistemas repressivos das ditaduras. Ao longo do livro é dado um conjunto de medidas que pretende enfraquecer uma ditadura e implementar uma democracia. É fundamental que seja através da não violência e da não cooperação. O autor também realça o papel da resistência que é importante para derrubar o regime.
Em geral é um estudo bem organizado e útil para entendermos melhor como funcionam os regimes ditatoriais. E compreendemos que não permanecem se os seus cidad
Rui Coelho
Leninism for Liberals, or How to avoid popular empowerment and ensure the future of a capitalist oligarchy during (mostly fake) revolutionary processes.
This book will teach you everything about how to constitute a "revolutionary" vanguard capable of turning an obsolete dictatorship into a western-style liberal "democracy". All this while making sure popular revolt is under your control and will never create any autonomous or subversive social experiment. If the people get out of control, don't f
Shuhaib Ar
Buku yang baik bagi menjatuhkan diktator di tempat masing-masing. Prinsip aksi tanpa keganasan yang dititikberatkan oleh penulis sangat mengagumkan. Agak bosan sebenarnya kerana buku ini sebetulnya adalah sebuah buku panduan, manual bagi pejuang keamanan dan kebebasan.
Walid Elalfy
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع عن اسس التحول السلمى للديمقراطيه ورابط الكتاب
Seth Jones
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first heard about From Dictatorship to Democracy in a New York Times article connecting this book to peaceful revolutions in Eastern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. After putting the free pdf version on my to-read list, I was excited to find the free audiobook version.

Sharp's thesis is that a military overthrow of a dictatorship tends to allow for a new dictatorship, but an overthrow through nonviolent defiance strengthens the ability of the people to replace a dictator with a democ
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Currently I live in a country which last year officially became a dictatorship, when I say officially I of course mean they were presented with their dictatorship certificate from the guild of dictators. I was therefore surprised to have found this book for sale st the main international airport. The irony that they were selling this book to foreigners entering a dictatorship compelled me to buy it, also I thought there was a good chance it would be banned soon.

I was keen and enthusiastic, I wen
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
أكثر ما لفت نظرى فى الكتاب :

- قد ينظر البعض الى أى انقلاب ضد نظام ديكتاتورى على أنه الخيار الأسهل و الأسرع نسبيا فى التخلص من النظام الحاكم البغيض. و لكن هناك مشاكل خطرة ترافق هذا الخيار أهمها أنه لا يغير فى مساوئ توزيع السلطات بين الشعب و بين الفئة التى تسيطر على الحكومة و قواتها العسكرية. ان ازاحة أشخاص معينين أو ازاحة زمرة معينة تفتح المجال أمام مجموعة أخرى لتحل محلها, و قد تكون هذه المجموعة, من الناحية النظرية, أكثر دعة فى ممارستها و تكون منفتحة اكثر بطرق محددة الى الاصلاح الديموقراطى, و لكن
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonviolence
This is not a historical or theoretical discussion of non-violence. It is the outline of an action plan to overthrow a dictatorial regime through political defiance, the active or actively passive refusal of a subject people to agree to their continued subjugation. Very different from pacifism or religious "nonviolence", it is a deliberate challenge to authority by disobedience which allows no room for submission. It means intransigence, refusal to negotiate with the dictator and his minions (th ...more
James Tracy
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I might have been a little soured on Gene Sharp after reading the New York Time's article basically giving him credit for the Arab Spring. I'm glad I went straight to the source here--lots of very profound thinking on the strategy behind protest. The main weakness here is that he clearly avoids talking about and defining democracy. There's just an assumption that it is the opposite of a traditional dictatorship. Is it simply the right to vote for a representative? What if you have a representati ...more
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the work of Gene Sharp is groundbreaking. It is a bit sad that his work receives so very little attention. I wonder if the United States used more of his writings in formulating their policy, we might fight fewer wars. His writing is very approachable, and I like how he formulates his ideas and the very matter-of-fact/non-academic way that he communicates in this book. This is a short book and available for free to download from the Albert Einstein Institution ( ...more
Arakah Mushaweh
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هذا الكتاب 70 صفحة " حسب الكيندل" لكنه يحرك العقل ومناسب جدا لزمن الثورات حتى سمعت أن أبناء ثورة مصر استفادوا منه قرأته وانتهيت منه بناء على نصيحة الدكتور الأحمري .. الكتاب يتميز بسلاسة لغته رغم ثقل أفكاره .. أعتقد أن كل مواطن عليه أن يقرأه حتى يخطو خطوة في الطريق نحو الحرية .. الذي نسير فيه جميعاً ..!كتاب " من الحرية إلى الديمقراطية " جين شارب الشكر الأكبر هو قرائتكم للكتاب وإهدائكم إياه أصدقائكم ..
Abdullah Alansari
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
هذا الكتاب البسيط أشبه بدورة عملية ينبغي على شباب الثورات في العالم العربي معرفته، فهو كتاب عملي أكثر من انه تنظيري معرفي، أتمنى أن نراه بيوم ما على شكل دورة :)
لعل ما عابه غموض بعض المصطلحات، عدم توضيح بعض النقاط، ترجمته غير جيدة
مما  قرأت
مقتطفة من كتاب من الدكتاتورية إلي الديموقراطية للتحميل من هذا الرابط
Vitaly Repin
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book which you need to read in order to get a basic understanding of the nature of non-violent actions.

It is more practical than academic. But if you are interested in scientific foundations behind the tactics of non-violent opposition to the oppression, this book can serve as an entry point. It also has valuable references to the academic works on the matter.

Yehia Arafa
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب جيد يستعرض فكره التحول من نظام كتاتوري الي تظام ديموقراطي و ما هي الطرق و الاساليب التي يجب اتباعها الحركات الديموقراطيه لمواجهه النظم الدكتاتوريه ، الكتاب يميل اكثر الي بحث كبير فهو مقسم الي 10 فصول كل فصل عباره عن بحث في نقطه معينه فمثلا نجد الفصل الاول يتكلم عن مواجهه النظام الديكتاتوري باسلوب واقعي قهو يفضل دائما " السلميه " عن خيار العنف فدائما العنف و القوه العسكريه تكون في يد النظام الدكتاتوري ، و نجد ايضا الفصل الثاني يتكلم عن المفاوضات و خطرها و كيف تكون في اغلب الاوقات في صالح الن ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, history
I confess I hadn’t heard of Gene Sharp until I heard this book had been a well thumbed text by rebels during the Arab Spring of 2011. First released in the early 1990s this small book is a blueprint for peaceful action against tyrants and dictators. Specifically written about Burma, but not exclusively referenced, it proved to be a useful guide for anyone wishing to engage in dissent against their government. The appendix at the back lists of 120 methods of protest for the reader to engage in, a ...more
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dee Renee by: documentary on Current TV
Shelves: ebooks, 2011, history
I had trouble with the download of this book showing up in my first edition Nook. A call to customer service helped me put it on my Nook for PC so that I could read what I purchased. They said it was a formatting problem. The problem must be fixed, for several days later after I updated my library again, the book appeared on my Nook.

I watched a documentary on Current TV about the work of Gene Sharp, and I wanted to read this book of his because it seemed to have influence the news of April Arab
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, grad-school, ebook
I read this book for a Moral Dimensions class this past fall. It is basically a how-to guide on non-violent resistance for citizens hoping to transform their country from dictatorship to democracy. It has been used in many recent uprisings against dictators, including Serbia, Ukraine, and, more recently, Mubarak's overthrow in Egypt.

Essentially meant as instructional, Sharp's writing is relatively simple and to-the-point, and at times repetitive. That does not mean, however, that the ideas found
مصطفی یاوری آیین
روش هایش مثل آن پاسخِ ملکه بود که خب این ها که نون ندارند بخورند، به جایش بروند بیسکوییت بخورند.
شاید به این دلیل که تصور میکند دیکتاتور آدمی است بد، که بر عده ای آدم خوب حکمرانی می کند و بقیه ی چیزها را همان گونه می دید که در یک لیبرال دموکراسی غربی می بینیم. تنها این دیکتاتور اینجا اضافه است و باید برود، آن هم با روش هایی که احتمالا با کمی کم کردن از ایده آلیسم نهفته در روش ها! بشود در یک کشور دموکرات اجرایشان کرد.
احتمالا اگر امروز اوباما را بردارند و به جایش جنرال علاادین را بگذارند، و بقیه ی
Cooper Williams
This book clearly has much to offer dissidents under modern dictatorships, as it has been translated and used in a handful of peaceful revolts. However, I was hoping for more nuts and bolts for nonviolent revolution, specifically, how does mass communication and coordination work in such situations? I’m curious about the rest of Sharp’s work, and I think libertarians would do well to familiarize themselves with it. This book provides some keen insights on the sources of power for authoritarian g ...more
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هذا الكتاب مثل كيف تتعلم الانجليزية في سبعة أيام لكن يحتاج يحيى ليأخذه بقوة، يشبه أحد كتب قصص الخيال العلمي بطريقة أكاديمية قرأته بالقطارة على طريقة مدرسة القرآن التي كانت تحفزني على أخذ الجديد ولكن بمراجعة القديم لكي أربط بين السابق واللاحق.

مع تحياتي لأفلاطون :D
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Succinct and practical - this thin essay provides you with everything you ought to consider BEFORE venturing an opinion on whether (and if so, how) to overcome a dictatorship. Handy appendices add to the variety of approaches available for non-violent success. Brilliant in its own way.
Awfa Bostani
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
إن على قادة النضال السلمي أن يكونوا متيقظين لوجود عملاء للأنظمة الدكتاتورية يحثون المتظاهرين على استخدام العنف .
I like how some white guy takes credit for revolutions.
Omar Osama
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
برشامة كويسة جدا لفكرة العمل اللاعنيف واسباب تفضيله، وكتير من الياته.

يتضمن شوية معلومات تاريخية عن التراك دا بسيطة
Fares harhash
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب دورة عملية لكل من اراد التحرر من الطغيان و الديكتاتورية و الانظمة القمعية
تطبيقه يحتاج لوقت طويل و فهم عميق للواقع و للانظمة
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Sharp was born in Ohio, the son of an itinerant Protestant minister. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences in 1949 from Ohio State University, where he also received his Master of Arts in Sociology in 1951. In 1953-54, Sharp was jailed for nine months after protesting the conscription of soldiers for the Korean War. In 1968, he received a Doctor of Philosophy in political theory from O ...more
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“The fall of one regime does not bring in a utopia. Rather, it opens the way for hard work and long efforts to build more just social, economic,and political relationships and the eradication of other forms of injustices and oppression.” 23 likes
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