Gene Sharp, advocate for nonviolent resistance, dies at 90

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Posted: Jan 30, 2018 1:25 PM

BOSTON (AP) — A lifelong advocate of nonviolent resistance who founded the Albert Einstein Institution in Massachusetts has died. Gene Sharp was 90.

Institute Executive Director Jamila Raqib says Sharp died at his Boston home on Sunday.

Sharp was inspired by his early studies of Gandhi, and his first book published in 1960 was "Gandhi Wields the Weapon of Moral Power: Three Case Histories." He wrote dozens of books and articles on nonviolent resistance that have been translated into more than 50 languages.

He spent nine months in jail after an arrest for protesting military conscription during the Korean War.

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He founded the Albert Einstein Institution in 1983 to advance the study and use of strategic nonviolent action as an alternative to violent conflict.