The Essential Writings

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Mahatma Gandhi was a profound and original thinker, one of the most influential figures in the history of the twentieth century, and a famous advocate of non-violent civil resistance. His many and varied writings largely respond to the specific challenges he faced throughout his life, and they show his evolving ideas, as well as his deepening spirituality and humanity, over several decades. Drawn from the full range of Gandhi's published work--books, articles, broadcasts, interviews, letters--this superb ...
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Overview


Mahatma Gandhi was a profound and original thinker, one of the most influential figures in the history of the twentieth century, and a famous advocate of non-violent civil resistance. His many and varied writings largely respond to the specific challenges he faced throughout his life, and they show his evolving ideas, as well as his deepening spirituality and humanity, over several decades. Drawn from the full range of Gandhi's published work--books, articles, broadcasts, interviews, letters--this superb selection illuminates his thinking on religion and spirituality, on society and its problems, on politics and British rule, and on non-violence and civil disobedience. The pieces are arranged to underscore Gandhi's belief that transformation in human life should be from the roots upwards, from the individual through to social and political relations. The Introduction by Judith Brown--a leading authority on Gandhi--provides a succinct account of his life and his ambiguous role in the Indian nationalist movement, examines what kind of thinker and writer Gandhi was, and shows how he built a coherent body of thought.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192807205
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 469,722
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Brown has written many books on Gandhi and India including Gandhi's Rise to Power, Gandhi and Civil Disobedience, Gandhi: Prisoner of Hope and Nehru. A Political Life. She is Beit Professor of Commonwealth History at Oxford University.

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Table of Contents

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A Chronology of Mahatma Gandhi

The Essential Writings

I Gandhi, His Mission, and the Influences on Him

a Gandhi reflects on himself 1

b Gandhi acknowledges the major influences on him 20

II Authentic Human Life and the Transformation of the Individual

a The truly human life 39

b The search for God 44

c True religion and particular religious traditions 50

d Seeking truth through non-violence, self-discipline, and service 53

III Transforming Societies

a Creating moral societies 67

b Ashrams - centres of personal and social transformation 105

IV India Under British Rule: Making a New Nation

a Understanding swaraj 133

b Making swaraj - the Constructive Programme 161

c Making swaraj - key issues 185

V Non-Violence as Political Action

a The birth of non-violent action 309

b The essence of satyagraha 317

c Appropriate behaviour for satyagrahis 327

d Tactics and dilemmas in satyagraha 341

Explanatory Notes 375

Glossary 401

Index 403

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