The Essential Writings

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 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192807205
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 05/28/2008
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description: New
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction     ix
Select Bibliography     xxxiv
A Chronology of Mahatma Gandhi     xxxviii
Abbreviations     xliv
Gandhi, His Mission, and the Influences on Him
Gandhi reflects on himself     1
Gandhi acknowledges the major influences on him     20
Authentic Human Life and the Transformation of the Individual
The truly human life     39
The search for God     44
True religion and particular religious traditions     50
Seeking truth through non-violence, self-discipline, and service     53
Transforming Societies
Creating moral societies     67
Ashrams-centres of personal and social transformation     105
India Under British Rule: Making a New Nation
Understanding swaraj     133
Making swaraj-the Constructive Programme     161
Making swaraj-key issues     185
Non-Violence as Political Action
The birth of non-violent action     309
The essence of satyagraha     317
Appropriate behaviour for satyagrahis     327
Tactics and dilemmas in satyagraha     341
Explanatory Notes     375
Glossary     401
Index     403

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