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The conventional history of nations, even continents, is a history of warfare. According to this view, all the important ideas and significant changes of humankind occured as part of an effort to win one violent, bloody conflict or another. But there have always been a few who refused to fight. Following the grand sweep of history from Confucius to Tolstoy, Erasmus to Gandhi, bestselling author Mark Kurlansky traces pacifism and its proponents to show how many modern ideas, a united Europe, the United Nations, and the abolition of slavery - originated in non-violence more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 133 x 200 x 14mm | 162g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099494124
  • 9780099494126
  • 141,263

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"This is a magnificent achievement" Daily Telegraph "Erudite and eloquent" Economist "Kurlansky writes history with his heart firmly on his sleeve, unashamedly hopeful that people are becoming more tired of war, quicker to condemn it" -- Adam Forrest Sunday Herald "Short and punchy and has a good heart... fascinating, vibrant and thought-provoking" Scotland on Sunday "This book is crammed with historical fact... thought provoking" Financial Timesshow more

About Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky is the bestselling author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World (winner of the Glenfiddich Best Food Book Award), The Basque History of the World, Salt: A World History, 1968: The Year that Rocked the World, a short story collection The White Man in the Tree and a novel Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue (all published by Cape and Vintage). He lives in New York City with his wife and more

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