Gandhi: The Man, His People, and the Empire / Edition 1

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This monumental biography of one of the most intriguing figures of the twentieth century, written by his grandson, is the first to give a complete and balanced account of Mahatma Gandhi's remarkable life, the development of his beliefs and his political campaigns, and his complex relations with his family. Written with unprecedented insight and access to family archives, it reveals a life of contrasts and contradictions: the westernized
Inner Temple lawyer who wore the clothes of
India's poorest and who spun cotton by hand, the apostle of nonviolence who urged
Indians to enlist in the First World War, the champion of
Indian independence who never hated the British. It tells of Gandhi's campaigns against racial discrimination in South Africa and untouchability in
India, tracks the momentous battle for
India's freedom, explores the evolution of Gandhi's strategies of non-violent resistance, and examines relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, a question that attracted Gandhi's passionate attention and one that persists around the world today. Published to rave reviews in
India in 2007, this riveting book gives North American readers the true Gandhi, the man as well as the legend, for the first time.

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Editorial Reviews

Charleston Post & Courier - Michael Buettner
“A monumental biography that looks likely to stand as definitive for the foreseeable future.”
Tikkun - Michael N. Nagler
“I was not prepared to be as educated, entertained, and inspired as I was by this mighty work of his grandson Rajmohan Gandhi.”
Library Journal

Gandhi (Ctr. for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Eight Lives) has skillfully narrated events in the life of his grandfather, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known as "the Mahatma" and India's "Father of the Nation." While the author has earnestly and sequentially knitted together the story of the Mahatma, whose practice of nonviolence paved the way for India's independence from Britain, he also presents a clear picture of the history of India during Gandhi's time. We get a close look at the contrasts and conflicts in Gandhi's life as he strove for Hindu-Muslim unity and fought against apartheid in South Africa and untouchability at home. Gandhi, who had a "great emotional hold as evidenced by the numerical support of his demonstrations and the popular enthusiasm," continues to fill the reader with awe throughout this excellent book. Although many commendable studies of Gandhi have been written, this one is a comprehensive and therefore invaluable resource both for scholars and for those embarking on a beginning study of the man. Strongly recommended for academic and public libraries.
—Uma Doraiswamy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520255708
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/10/2008
  • Series: Philip E. Lilienthal Book in Asian Studi
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 759
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rajmohan Gandhi is Research Professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A former member of the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of the Indian Parliament), he led the Indian delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission in 1990. His other books include Ghaffar Khan: Nonviolent Badshah of the Pakhtuns, Revenge & Reconciliation: Understanding South Asian History, and Eight Lives: A Study of the Hindu-Muslim Encounter.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Boyhood 1
Chapter 2 London and Identity 25
Chapter 3 South Africa and a Purpose 53
Chapter 4 Satyagraha 91
Chapter 5 Hind Swaraj 117
Chapter 6 A Great March 147
Chapter 7 Engaging
India 177
Chapter 8 The Empire Challenged 222
Chapter 9 Building Anew 258
Chapter 10 Assault – with Salt 302
Chapter 11 Negotiating Repression 353
Chapter 12 Dream Under Fire 385
Chapter 13 ‘Quit
India!’ 425
Chapter 14 Rejected 497
Chapter 15 Walk Alone … 541
Chapter 16 To Rama 574

Postscript 657
Notes 665
Further Reading 703
Glossary 709

Index 715

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2009

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    very intimate...brings you closer to gandhi than even the movie does

    written by gandhis own grandson, this biography gives a clear perspective on what went through gandhis mind and how he responded to the events that re-shaped india forever. this book contains many of gandhis own writings from his weekly newsletters and personal journals and letters. some people look at gandhi as a great leader, a politician and even a saint. read this book and than you can decide waht he was, but if you ask me he was all of the above.

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