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From Dictatorship to Democracy

From Dictatorship to Democracy

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Published by Tammy Nam
The NYT article about Gene Sharp is the #1 most emailed. His book, which inspired a democratic uprising in Tunisia and Egypt, demonstrates the power of the written word.
The NYT article about Gene Sharp is the #1 most emailed. His book, which inspired a democratic uprising in Tunisia and Egypt, demonstrates the power of the written word.

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F
ROM
DICTATORSHIP
TO
DEMOCRACY
 A Conceptual Framework for Liberation
Fourth U.S. EditionGene Sharp
The Albert Einstein Institution
 
All material appearing in this publication is in the public domain and may be reproduced withoutpermission from Gene Sharp.
Citation of the source, and notication to the
Albert Einstein Institution for the reproduction, translation, and reprinting of this publication, are appreciated. First Edition, May 2002Second Edition, June 2003Third Edition, February 2008Fourth Edition, May 2010
From Dictatorship to Democracy
 was originally published in Bangkok in 1993 by the Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in Burma in association with Khit Pyaing (
The New Era Journal
). It has since  been translated into at least thirty-one other languages and has been published in Serbia, Indonesia, and Thailand, among other countries. This is the fourth United States Edition.Printed in the United States of America.Printed on Recycled Paper.The Albert Einstein InstitutionP.O. Box 455East Boston, MA 02128, USATel: USA +1 617-247-4882Fax: USA +1 617-247-4035E-mail: einstein@igc.orgWebsite: www.aeinstein.orgISBN 1-880813-09-2
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
P
REFACE
 O
NE
F
ACING
 D
ICTATORSHIPS
 R
EALISTICALLY
 1
 A continuing problem 2 Freedom through violence? 4 Coups, elections, foreign saviors? 5 Facing the hard truth 7
T
WO
T
HE
 D
ANGERS
 
OF
 N
EGOTIATIONS
 9
 Merits and limitations of negotiations 10 Negotiated surrender? 10 Power and justice in negotiations 12 “Agreeable” dictators 13 What kind of peace? 14 Reasons for hope 14
T
HREE
W
HENCE
 C
OMES
 
THE
 P
OWER
?
 17
 The “Monkey Master” fable 17 Necessary sources of political power 18 Centers of democratic power 21
F
OUR
D
ICTATORSHIPS
 H
AVE
 W
EAKNESSES
 
25
 Identifying the Achilles’ heel 25 Weaknesses of dictatorships 26 Attacking weaknesses of dictatorships 27
F
IVE
E
XERCISING
 P
OWER
 29
 The workings of nonviolent struggle 30 Nonviolent weapons and discipline 30
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