Gandhi Before India

Gandhi Before India

Book - 2014 | First United States edition.
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A first volume of a series detailing the life and work of the influential political advocate draws on private papers and other untapped sources to cover his birth in 1869 through his upbringing in Gujarat, discussing his London education and decades as a lawyer in South Africa.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9780385532297
0385532296
Branch Call Number: BIO GANDHI GUHA
Characteristics: x, 672 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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Liber_vermis
Jul 01, 2015

A readable biography of the first four formative decades of Gandhi's life. This book focuses on the influences of other people and organizations on shaping the thoughts and lifestyle of Gandhi starting in London, England, and then South Africa. This approach is summed up in the concluding chapter "How the Mahatma Was Made." Although this biography covers the two civil rights protests lead by Gandhi in South Africa, readers looking for more theory and strategy on "satyagraha" should read Gandhi's book "Satyagraha in South Africa" (available at the Internet Archive). The text is complimented with photographs, end notes, and an index.

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hindins
Dec 10, 2013

Listen to an interview with the author at http://www.historyextra.com/podcast/legacy-first-world-war-and-gandhis-early-years

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Liber_vermis
Jul 01, 2015

"For Gandhi, those who wrote history were preoccupied with wars and bloodshed. Thus, if two brothers quarrelled, their neighbours and the newspapers, and hence history, would take notice of it; but if they peaceably settled their dispute, it would remain unrecorded. ... Gandhi said, in a striking passage, that 'hundreds of nations live in peace. History does not, and cannot, take note of this fact. History is really a record of every interruption of the even working of love or of the soul.' ... non-violence ha[s] been a far more active force in human affairs than violence. The 'greatest ... evidence of the success of this force is ... the fact that, in spite of the wars of the world, it still lives on'." (p. 368)

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