The Anti-Coup

Gene Sharp (1928 - 2018) and Bruce Jenkins (1948 - )

Supporters of political democracy, human rights, and social justice have good reasons to be alarmed about coups d'├ętat. These abrupt seizures of the state apparatus have occurred with great frequency in recent decades. Coups have overthrown established constitutional democratic systems of government, halted movements toward greater democracy, and have imposed brutal and oppressive regimes. Coups d'├ętat are one of the main ways in which new dictatorships are established. Coups may also precipitate civil wars and international crises. Coups remain a major unsolved defense problem. This book describes an anti-coup policy focused on defense of the society by the society itself, using non-violent methods. The two basic principles of anti-coup defense promoted in this book are to: 1) deny legitimacy to the putschists, and 2) to resist the putschists with noncooperation and defiance. (Summary by Benjamin Gittins)

Genre(s): Political Science

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Anti Coup Benjamin Gittins
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Play 02 How coups operate Lynette Caulkins
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Play 03 When are coups likely to occur? Benjamin Gittins
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Play 04 Support for coups Lynette Caulkins
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Play 05 Attempts to prevent coups Benjamin Gittins
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Play 06 Coups have been defeated Lynette Caulkins
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Play 07 Anti-coup defense Benjamin Gittins
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Play 08 The putschists require... Lynette Caulkins
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Play 09 Direct defense of the society Benjamin Gittins
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Play 10 The need for preparations KevinS
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Play 11 The civilian defenders' aims Benjamin Gittins
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Play 12 Resistance: general and organized KevinS
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Play 13 The importance of strategy Benjamin Gittins
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Play 14 Anti-coup weapons KevinS
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Play 15 Guidelines for general resistance Benjamin Gittins
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Play 16 Treatment of the usurper's troops and functionaries Linette Geisel
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Play 17 Facing attack: obstruction and communication Benjamin Gittins
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Play 18 Facing attack: repudiation and rejection KevinS
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Play 19 Blocking control by the putschists Benjamin Gittins
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Play 20 Defying repression and intimidation Linette Geisel
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Play 21 The importance of nonviolent discipline Benjamin Gittins
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Play 22 International support Linette Geisel
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Play 23 Shifts in strategy during the struggle Benjamin Gittins
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Play 24 A durable success KevinS
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Play 25 In the case of need for long-term defense Benjamin Gittins
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Play 26 Collapsing the coup KevinS
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Play 27 Deterring coups d'etat Benjamin Gittins
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Play 28 Promoting an anti-coup defense KevinS
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Play 29 Adopting an anti-coup defense Benjamin Gittins
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Play 30 Preparations by the civil institutions KevinS
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Play 31 Government initiated preparations Benjamin Gittins
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Play 32 Possible legislation and other plans to mobile defense Linette Geisel
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Play 33 Other types of preparations Benjamin Gittins
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Play 34 Consequences of an anti-coup defense Linette Geisel
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Play 35 Appendix One Benjamin Gittins
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Play 36 Appendix Two Linette Geisel
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Play 37 Albert Einstein Institution Mission Statement / About the Authors Benjamin Gittins
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