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Gandhi's Truth: On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence

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In this study of Mahatma Gandhi, psychoanalyst Erik H. Erikson explores how Gandhi succeeded in mobilizing the Indian people both spiritually and politically as he became the revolutionary innovator of militant non-violence and India became the motherland of large-scale civil disobedience.

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Overview

In this study of Mahatma Gandhi, psychoanalyst Erik H. Erikson explores how Gandhi succeeded in mobilizing the Indian people both spiritually and politically as he became the revolutionary innovator of militant non-violence and India became the motherland of large-scale civil disobedience.

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Reprint of the work originally published by Norton in 1969. Erikson focuses his psychoanalytic attention upon Gandhi. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Robert Jay Lifton - The American Scholar
“Profound and enlightening. . . . Expands our grasp of some of the ultimate questions of our time.”
Clifford Geertz - New York Review of Books
“It is the triumph of Erikson's book that in uncovering the inner sources of Gandhi's power it does not dissolve but deepens his inherent moral ambiguity. . . . [This] penetrating book . . . deepens out understanding not only of the inward sources of personal greatness but those, as well, of its self-defeat.”
Christopher Lasch - New York Times Book Review
“Gandhi's Truth, even more brilliantly than its predecessor, Young Man Luther, shows that psychoanalytic theory, in the hands of an interpreter both resourceful and wise, can immeasurably enrich the study of 'great lives' and of much else besides. . . . [The book's] richness and almost inexhaustible suggestiveness . . . cannot be conveyed in a summary.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780844667430
  • Publisher: Smith, Peter Publisher, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Pages: 474
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Erik H. Erikson was renowned worldwide as teacher, clinician, and theorist in the field of psychoanalysis and human development.

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