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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Gathered for the first time, prophetic writings by the author of War and Peace that speak directly to America's dilemma with the urgency of today's headlines.
unknown, 426 pages
Published December 1987 by New Society Pub (first published 1967)
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Larry Bassett
In Writings on Civil Disobedience and Nonviolence Tolstoy is a little heavy on the Christianity for me even if he is talking about the good Jesus Christianity rather than the bad institutional Christianity. I gave it three stars, an extra one because the topic of nonviolent civil disobedience is not found in much writing. I found it hard to get to the end of this book. It began to seem like I was reading the same thing over and over. Tolstoy’s writing is from 150 years ago and represents a part ...more
Tolstoy is brilliant, of course. I just wish this book were better edited. The various pieces Tolstoy wrote are given no context; no dates, only occasional information on why a piece was written, and a dearth of information on where pieces were originally published. Very frustrating for a researcher.
Lots of writing on nonviolence, though more on resistance to the state, and the perils of patriotism.
Mar 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Tolstoy saw that the very basic human interactions were where peace begins. Peace isn't going to come about through government programs or international organizations. In this series of essays, he investigates several isssues from multiple angles. Policymakers, soldiers, and citizens are thoughtfully considered. He pokes holes in the standard ways of thinking about war and peace. He can be preachy, but all in all this is an excellent collection that presents important viewpoints.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Huolimatta siitä, että kirja on kirjoitettu jo satakunta vuotta sitten Tolstoin ajatukset ovat edelleen hyvin ajankohtaiset ja terävät. Kirjan tekstityyli on välillä nykypäivään turhan raskas, mutta kontekstiin asetettuna toimiva. Rauhanliikkeen klassikko!
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rehellistä ja suoraa, rauhaan ja omantunnon kuuntelemiseen ja teoista vastuunkantavaan toimintaan tähtäävää kirjoitusta, joka vaikka kirjoitettu 1800/1900-lukujen vaihteessa, on edelleen ja tullee aina olemaan, ajattoman ajankohtainen.
Noora Karoliina
Tätä lukiessa tuntui, että astuin aurinkoisella bussipysäkillä kirja kädessä yhteiskunnan sääntöjen tuolle puolen, kohti oikeutta ja totuutta, niin väkevää tekstiä se ajoittain oli.
Saku Haataja
Mielenkiintoisia näkökulmia rauhanaatteesta ja patriotismin vastustamisesta.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Hallitukset vakuuttavat kansoille, että näitä uhkaavat vaarat - toisten kansojen hyökkäys ja sisäiset viholliset - ja että ainoa keino pelastua tuolta vaaralta on kansojen orjamainen alistuminen hallitusten tahtoon. Se näkyy aivan ilmiselvästi vallankumousten ja diktatuurien aikana, ja niin tapahtuu aina ja kaikkialla, missä vain valtaa on. Jokainen hallitus selittää olemassaolonsa ja perustelee kaikki väkivallantekonsa sillä, että ellei sitä olisi, olisi pahemmin. Saatuaan kansat vakuuttuneiks ...more
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, politics
”Ja kun kysyin häneltä, eivätkö omatunto ja noiden tekojen muisto vaivanneet häntä, hän ei ymmärtänyt minua ollenkaan. Sehän tapahtui sodassa, laillisesti, tsaarin ja isänmaan puolesta.”

Tolstoin Omatuntoja-esseekokoelma on rauhankirjallisuuden klassikko, joka on ensimmäisen kerran ilmestynyt suomeksi vuonna 1981 nimellä Omantunnon kujanjuoksu. Alunperin tekstit on peräisin 1800-luvun viimeisiltä ja 1900-luvun ensimmäisiltä vuosilta. Tolstoin kynä on kunnioitettavan terävä ja suorastaan aikamoise
Robert Beatty
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A truly exceptional piece of philosophy. Our entire society could be built of this short set of essays. I don't understand why it's not taught as a major and important work. One of the key premises is that governments start wars and ask (or tell) their citizens to fight them, but if we as citizens simply didn't fight, didn't pick up the weapons, then the wars of the world would end. Tolstoy describes what one might call a Christian anarchy, a world where government and laws aren't needed because ...more
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tolstoy truly puts the thoughts on my mind to the paper so cleverly that I feel like small. The themes of these essays aren't dated but since the world has gone further so much, some of the reasonings have indeed become a little too old. For example Tolstoy's referring to Christianity and God as the moral might not be taken seriously by the atheistic readers. But their message is nevertheless universal and ageless and even if some of these words have aged, they are still important historical doc ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many passionately written essays about peace and the moral responsibility of every person. A great read and very thought-provoking. Makes one think how in our everyday life we often want to hand over moral responsibility of what are ultimately our own choises to someone else and how false that is.
Amy Spaulding
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What can I say. I read this book to learn civil disobedience. I haven't read it in a while. The last time I read it was in high school. I might have perused it college.
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой; commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider To ...more
“As a man cannot lift a mountain, and as a kindly man cannot kill an infant, so a man living the Christian life cannot take part in deeds of violence. Of what value then to him are arguments about the imaginary advantages of doing what is morally impossible for him to do?” 5 likes
“But what can I do?' - I answer those who speak thus. - '... must I therefore not point out the evil which I clearly, unquestionably see?” 2 likes
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