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Books that help explore this Peace Museum display can be found across the Collection, but in particular you might like to read:

The Politics of Nonviolent Action Part 2: The Methods of Nonviolent Action. By Gene Sharp; with the editorial assistance of Marina Finkelstein (1973)
Nobel Peace Prize nominee and political theorist Gene Sharp is one of the most influential theoreticians of nonviolent action, his publications have been influential in movements around the world. This book contains his foundational analyses of the nature of political power, and of the methods and dynamics of nonviolent action. Read about Sharp’s 198 methods of nonviolent action here. Library classification: A SHA – check it’s available here.

Protest: Stories of Resistance. Edited by Ra Page. Contributors include Kit de Waal and Alexei Sayle (2017)

In this timely and evocative collection, twenty authors have assembled to re-imagine key moments of British protest, from the Peasants Revolt of 1381 to the anti-Iraq War demo of 2003. Written in close consultation with historians, sociologists and eyewitnesses who also contribute afterwords these stories follow fictional characters caught up in real-life struggles, offering a street-level perspective on the noble art of resistance. Library classification: Fm PAG – check it’s available here.

People Power: Fighting for Peace from the First World War to the Present. By Lyn Smith (2017)
People Power charts the history of the anti-war movement in the UK from the outbreak of the First World War to present-day conflicts in the Middle East, and tells the story of conscientious objectors and others who have been engaged in protest over the past century. Library classification: B SMI – check it’s available here.

The Hammer Blow: How 10 Women Disarmed a War Plane. By Andrea Needham (2016)

A gripping inside account of how ten women disarmed a warplane bound for genocide in East Timor – and were acquitted. Library classification: Bw NEE – check it’s available here.

The Tax Dilemma: Praying for Peace, Paying for War. By Donald D. Kaufman (1978).

An exploration of the moral implications for persons conscientiously opposed to paying for war. Library classification: Bv KAU – check it’s available here.

The Commonweal Collection is an independent specialist library based at the University of Bradford concerned with issues relating to nonviolent social change. It contains over 11,000 books and pamphlets, 150 journals and a variety of videos and educational materials on peace and disarmament, environmentalism and the green movement, nonviolent philosophy and practice, human rights, development and regional issues, anti-racism, identity issues, social and economic alternatives, creative education, spiritual experience and analysis of world problems. Read more about the history of the Commonweal Collection here.

The Civil Resistance Info website also provides a guide to the range of literature and resources available, and enables users to look in more depth at particular movements, key figures and organisations in the practice of nonviolent action, as well as the theory of civil resistance and important debates about nonviolence.