ERIC Number: ED468949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict. Study Guide.
This study guide, intended for high school and college classrooms, provides background information, timelines, and program synopses for the various programs which make up the public television series, "A Force More Powerful." The series is about popular movements battling entrenched regimes or military forces with weapons very different from guns and bullets. Forms of noncooperation (such as boycotts, resignations, and civil disobedience) helped subvert the operations of government. Direct intervention in the form of sit-ins, nonviolent sabotage, and blockades frustrated many rulers' efforts to subjugate people. The use of nonviolent sanctions has been far more frequent than usually supposed and has not been limited by the type of regime being opposed or by place or time. News coverage of mass nonviolent action has left the impression that people power comes from the size or energy of crowds that picket in city streets. The true rhythms of nonviolent action are less spontaneous than strategic. It has little to do with shouting slogans and putting flowers in gun barrels; it has everything to do with separating governments from their means of control. The study guide contains synopses of the following programs: "Nashville 'We Were Warriors'" (1959-60); "India Defying the Crown" (1930-31); "South Africa 'Freedom in Our Lifetime'" (1984-85); "Denmark Living with the Enemy" (1940-44); "Poland 'We've Caught God by the Arm'" (1980); and "Chile Defeat of a Dictator" (1983-88). (Contains a list of 48 print and Internet resources and 11 notes.) (BT)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Conflict Resolution, Government Role, Modern History, Political Issues, Public Television, Secondary Education, Social Studies, World History
WETA, 2775 South Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22206. Tel: 703-998-2600; Web site: http://www.pbs.org/weta/forcemorepowerful/.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Jacksonville, FL.
Authoring Institution: WETA-TV, Washington, DC.