This book is a primer on applying strategic nonviolent action in real campaigns. The techniques outlined in the following 15 chapters have been used successfully in many parts of the world. The British historian Eric Hobsawm described the twentieth century as the “age of extremes” because of the devastating wars waged in the last hundred years and the influence of extreme ideologies which were used to justify
the destruction of entire peoples, classes and faiths. At the same time, the spread of democracy and economic prosperity has transformed much of humanity. Today, the potential for ruinous conflict persists – but so also does the opportunity for nonviolent alternatives.