Compiled by Bruce Hahne, March 2002. v1.0. All comments about the listings are by Bruce.


Peter Ackerman & Jack Duvall, A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict, Palgrave Publishers, 2000. Companion volume to the 3-hour PBS series. Contains multiple in-depth historical case studies.

Peter Ackerman & Christopher Kruegler, Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: The Dynamics of People Power in the Twentieth Century, Praeger Publishers, 1994. Secular nonviolence theory with extensive case studies. Begins to establish theoretical strategic principles for the conduct of nonviolent struggle. Kruegler is with (Gene Sharp's) Albert Einstein Institution.

Taylor Branch, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, Simon & Schuster Inc., 1988. Extremely in-depth account of the U.S. civil rights movement from 1954-63.

Ken Butigan, From Violence to Wholeness: A ten part program in the spirituality and practice of active nonviolence, self-published by Pace e Bene Franciscan Nonviolence Center, 1420 W. Bartlett Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106. A 10-lesson introduction to Christian nonviolence theory designed for small to medium study groups. Pace e Bene contact information: 1-702-648-2281, paceebene@compuserve.com, www.paceebene.org.

Tom Hastings & Geov Parrish, 52 True Stories of Nonviolent Success, the 2002 War Resisters League Calendar. Available for a limited time from WRL at http://www.warresisters.org/cal2002.htm

Staughton Lynd & Alice Lynd, editors, Nonviolence in America: A Documentary History, revised edition, Orbis Books, 1995. 56 essays, mixed secular and religious, documenting the use of active nonviolence in the U.S., past and present. Very readable; one of the best one-volume introductions to nonviolence as it's actually been put into practice.

"Putting Down Stones: A Faithful Response to Urban Violence", compilation by Sojourners magazine, www.sojo.net or call 1-800-714-7474.

Gene Sharp, The Politics of Nonviolent Action, Porter Sargent Publishers, 1973. The classic 3-volume series by the "Machievelli of nonviolence". In-depth secular nonviolence theory suitable for overcoming unjust governments and unjust social systems.

James M. Washington, editor, A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., HarperCollins, 1986.

Walter Wink, Engaging the Powers, Fortress Press, 1992. Scholarly presentation of Christian nonviolence theory. Widely used as an advanced textbook in Christian peace study programs.

Walter Wink, editor, Peace is the Way: Writings on Nonviolence from the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Orbis Books, 2000. Contains 55 essays on nonviolence theory and practice selected from 8 decades of FOR's magazine. Grounded in Christian ethics.

Walter Wink, The Powers that Be: Theology for a New Millennium, Galilee / Doubleday, 1998. A simplified version of Engaging the Powers.




I list organization here if I know that they're somehow involved in teaching both nonviolence theory and practice. This is not an attempt to list issue-oriented peacemaking organizations; my concern here is only to list organizations that understand and teach nonviolence as a discipline.

San Francisco Bay Area:

Nonviolence Works site: www.nonviolenceworks.net. An informational web site run by Patrick O'Connell, a local peace activist.

Pace e Bene, www.paceebene.org. Franciscan program in nonviolence with HQ in Nevada, branch office in Oakland.

Resource Center for Nonviolence, www.rcnv.org, Santa Cruz. Secular organization which appears to concentrate on running a nonviolence bookstore.

The Ruckus Society, www.ruckus.org, Oakland. Secular organization which teaches nonviolent intervention tactics and street theater.


The Albert Einstein Institution, www.aeinstein.org. Secular organization founded by expert nonviolence theorist Gene Sharp to advance the scholarly study of nonviolence as used for social and political change.

Christian Peacemaker Teams, www.cpt.org. Christian organization that trains activists in nonviolent action and intervention tactics and deploys them internationally in conflict regions.

Fellowship of Reconciliation, www.forusa.org. "The largest, oldest interfaith peace organization in the U.S." Much of their work is issue-oriented, but their semi-monthly magazine also has some content on active nonviolence.

The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, www.gandhiinstitute.org. Founded and run by Mohandas Gandhi's grandson Arun. Focus appears to be on conflict resolution training for youth, and speaking engagements for Arun and his wife Sunanda.

Nonviolent Peaceforce, www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org. An ongoing project by religious and secular nonviolence practitioners to create a "third-party intervention" peace force of several thousand trained members.

War Resisters League, www.warresisters.org. Secular nonviolence / anti-war organization. Publishes a semi-monthly journal, The Nonviolent Activist.


A Force More Powerful, the 3-hour PBS series, is available on two VHS tapes from PBS online at www.shop.pbs.com or from Films for the Humanities and Sciences, www.films.com, 1-800-257-5126. See also the series web site at www.aforcemorepowerful.org.