Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948

Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948

by Ramachandra Guha


View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


The second and concluding volume of the magisterial biography that began with the acclaimed, Gandhi Before India: the definitive portrait of the life and work of one of the most abidingly influential—and controversial—men in world history.

This volume opens with Mohandas Gandhi's arrival in Bombay in January 1915 and takes us through his epic struggles over the next three decades: to deliver India from British rule, to forge harmonious relations between India's Hindu and Muslim populations, to end the pernicious Hindu practice of untouchability, and to develop India's economic and moral self-reliance. We see how in each of these campaigns, Gandhi adapted methods of nonviolence—strikes, marches, fasts—that successfully challenged British authority, religious orthodoxy, social customs, and would influence non-violent, revolutionary movements throughout the world. In reconstructing Gandhi's life and work, Ramachandra Guha has drawn on sixty different archival collections, the most significant among them, a previously unavailable collection of papers belonging to Gandhi himself. Using this wealth of material, Guha creates a portrait of Gandhi and of those closest to him—family, friends, political and social leaders—that illuminates the complexity inside his thinking, his motives, his actions and their outcomes as he engaged with every important aspect of social and public life in the India of his time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385532310
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 1104
Sales rank: 1,295,420
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

RAMACHANDRA GUHA has taught at Yale and Stanford universities, the University of Oslo, the Indian Institute of Science, and the London School of Economics. His books include the award-winning India After Gandhi, and the first volume of this biography, Gandhi Before India which was a 2014 New York Times Notable Book, and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. He writes regularly on social and political issues for The New York Times, and for the British and Indian presses, including The Telegraph and the Hindustan Times. He lives in Bangalore, India.

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

Excerpted from "Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948"
by .
Copyright © 2018 Ramachandra Guha.
Excerpted by permission of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Part I Claiming a Nation (1915-1922)

1 The Returning Hero 3

2 Coming out in Banaras 27

3 Three Experiments in Satyagraha 39

4 Going National 65

5 The Personal and the Political 93

6 Capturing the Congress 109

7 The Rise and Fall of Non-Cooperation 128

8 The Mahatma from Above and Below 155

Part II Reaching Out To The World (1922-1931)

9 Prisoner Number 827 185

10 Picking up the Pieces 202

11 Spinning in Sabarmati 229

12 The Moralist 253

13 The Memoirist 267

14 Once More into the Fray 282

15 Father, Son, Holy Spirit 298

16 The March to the Sea 311

17 The Prison and the World 340

18 Parleys with Proconsuls 356

19 At Home in London 379

Part III Reform and Renewal (1931-1937)

20 Arguments with Ambedkar 405

21 Shaming the Hindus 431

22 A Second Sabbatical 468

23 From Rebels to Rulers 490

Part IV War and Rebellion (1937-1944)

24 The World Within, and Without 513

25 (Re)capturing the Congress 540

26 One Nation, or Two? 556

27 Pilgrimages to Gandhi 584

28 Somewhere between Conflict and Cooperation 597

29 Towards 'Quit India' 618

30 A Bereavement and a Fast 649

31 The Death of Kasturba 681

Part V The Last Years (1944-1948)

32 Picking up the Pieces (Again) 701

33 Prelude to Partition 727

34 Marching for Peace 752

35 The Strangest Experiment 777

36 Independence and Division 793

37 The Greatest Fasts 812

38 Martyrdom 838

Epilogue: Gandhi in Our Time 867

Acknowledgements 893

Notes 897

Index 991

Customer Reviews