Nonviolence pamphlets

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The following pamphlets are now available to be downloaded in the Rich Text Format (RTF) and PDF format:

"Nonviolence in Irish History" 
(Dawn, 1978)

Violence has obviously played a large role in Irish history but so has nonviolence; this pamphlet, with individual articles written by different people, takes a look at a number of different aspects of this latter experience. Daniel O’Connell, the Quakers, the first Boycott, Michael Davitt and the Land League, the ‘other’ (westward moving) Irish in the USA, non-violent political action and Irish politics in the early twentieth century, and peace groups from the 1930s (to 1978) are all covered. Originally 24 pages, A4. Also available from INNATE as a photocopy. See also "Nonviolence – the Irish experience" quiz on this website.   

"The Nuclear Syndrome – Victory for the Irish Anti-Nuclear Power Movement"  
by Simon Dalby (Dawn Train, 1984)

While it might seem scarcely credible now, nuclear power was a very real option for Ireland in the 1970s with the ESB (Electricity Supply Board in the Republic) and the minister responsible for energy both pushing hard for a nuclear plant at Carnsore Point in County Wexford. This pamphlet looks in detail at those years, the forces at work, and the evolution and structure/structurelessness of the opposition. Basic questions about how to organise a mass movement were being dealt with in the context of an urgent political campaign. This pamphlet is an edited version of a 1982 thesis by Simon Dalby. Originally 24 pages, A4. Also available from INNATE as a paper copy.  

"The Peace People Experience" 
by Rob Fairmichael (Dawn Train, 1987)

The Peace People began in 1976 in Belfast and became the largest upsurge against political violence on the island of Ireland - and they continue as an organisation today. This detailed study of the Peace People from 1976-1987 looks at the history of this controversial organisation (two of whose leaders were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977) from a number of different angles, including exploding myths about the amount of money they had, providing details on 26 local groups, and also interviews with key figures. Originally 50 pages, A4. Also available from INNATE as a paper copy. 

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