Gandhi's Experiments with Truth: Essential Writings by and about Mahatma Gandhi / Edition 1

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This comprehensive Gandhi reader provides an essential new reference for scholars and students of his life and thought. It is the only text available that presents Gandhi's own writings, including excerpts from three of his books-An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Satyagraha in South Africa, and Hind Swaraj (Indian Home Rule)-a major pamphlet, Constructive Programme: Its Meaning and Place, and many journal articles and letters, along with a biographical sketch of his life in historical context and recent essays by highly regarded scholars.
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Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review
Having these essays on one volume makes it a valuable source of supplemental readings for courses on Gandhi, peace and nonviolence, and conflict studies.
— July 2007
Fred Dallmayr
In a time ravaged by large-scale violence and unending 'terror wars,' nothing seems more urgent than to be reminded of another possibility: the path of non-violent struggle for justice exemplified by Gandhi. This volume assembles for the first time writings both by Gandhi and about Gandhi, the latter by some of the most distinguished experts in the field. Richard Johnson deserves credit for his judicious selections and for persuasively arguing that Gandhian satyagraha is 'the only way to stop terrorism.'
Religious Studies Review - July 2007
Having these essays on one volume makes it a valuable source of supplemental readings for courses on Gandhi, peace and nonviolence, and conflict studies.
Peter R. Gathje
Those looking for an introduction to Gandhi, seasoned nonviolent activists, and long time students of Gandhi will all find this to be a remarkable collection. Johnson has brought together key selections from Gandhi’s writings with insightful essays by a variety of Gandhian scholars on Gandhi’s nonviolence, views on religion, methods of political, economic, and cultural change and his continuing influence and relevance for today. I cannot think of a better book that unites Gandhi’s own words with very readable essays covering a breadth of topics on Gandhi’s life and thought. Johnson's book makes clear again Gandhi's importance as a resource for creating a more just and peaceful world.
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Meet the Author

Richard L. Johnson is professor of Germanic languages and director of peace and conflict studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Ft. Wayne.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Gandhi's experiments with truth : private life, Satyagraha, and the constructive programme
1 From childhood to Satyagrahi 3
2 Return to India 17
3 An autobiography : the story of my experiments with truth 55
4 Satyagraha in South Africa 71
5 Hind Swaraj (Indian home rule) and related writings 83
6 Constructive programme : its meaning and place and related writings 92
7 Short moral and political writings 104
8 The birth of Gandhian Satyagraha : nonviolent resistance and soul force 163
9 Gandhian freedoms and self-rule 175
10 Gandhi's politics 198
11 "Satyagraha : the only way to stop terrorism" 228
12 Gandhi and human rights : in search of true humanity 237
13 The constructive programme 253
14 Gandhi in the mind of America 263
15 The availability of Mahatma Gandhi : toward a neo-Gandhian praxis 292
16 Gandhi, contemporary political thinking, and self-other relations 305
17 Gandhi's legacy 334
18 Gandhi's contribution to global nonviolent awakening 351
19 Gandhi, nonviolence, and the struggle against war 365
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