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Gandhi & Churchill : the epic rivalry that destroyed an empire and forged our age

Author: Arthur Herman
Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2008.
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Historian Arthur Herman sheds new light on two icons of the twentieth century, revealing how their forty-year rivalry sealed the fate of India and the British Empire. Born worlds apart--Churchill to Britain's most glamorous aristocratic family, Gandhi to a pious middle-class provincial household in India--they led their nations through harrowing trials and became locked in a contest of wills that would decide the
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Winston Churchill, Sir; Gandhi, Mahatma; Winston Churchill; Gandhi, Mahatma
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Herman
ISBN: 9780091921323 0091921325
OCLC Number: 237014409
Description: ix, 721 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The Churchills anhd the Raj --
Lord Randolph takes charge --
Illusions of power : the Gandhis, India, and British rule --
Awakening : Gandhi in London and South Africa, 1888-1895 --
Awakening : Churchill in India, 1896-1899 --
Men at war, 1899-1900 --
Converging paths, 1900-1906 --
Brief encounter, 1906-1909 --
Break point, 1909-1910 --
Parting of the ways, 1911-1914 --
A bridgehead too far, 1914-1915 --
Gandhi's war, 1915-1918 --
Bloodshed, 1919-1920 --
Noncooperation, 1920-1922 --
Reversal of fortunes, 1922-1929 --
Eve of battle, 1929 --
Salt, 1930 --
Round tables and naked fakirs, 1930-1931 --
Contra mundrum, 1931-1932 --
Last ditch, 1932-1935 --
Against the current, 1936-1938 --
Edge of darkness, 1938-1939 --
Collision course, 1939-1940 --
From Narvik to Bardoli, April 1940-December 1941 --
Debacle, 1941-1942 --
Quit India, 1942 --
Showdown, 1943 --
Triumph and tragedy, 1943-1945 --
Walk aone, 1945-1947 --
Death in the garden, 1947-1948 --
Lion in twilight, 1948-1965 --
Conclusion. Triumph and tragedy --
Significant dates --
Glossary of terms.
Other Titles: Gandhi and Churchill
Responsibility: Arthur Herman.

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Historian Arthur Herman sheds new light on two icons of the twentieth century, revealing how their forty-year rivalry sealed the fate of India and the British Empire. Born worlds apart--Churchill to Britain's most glamorous aristocratic family, Gandhi to a pious middle-class provincial household in India--they led their nations through harrowing trials and became locked in a contest of wills that would decide the fate of countries, continents, and ultimately an empire. More alike than different, they became bitter enemies over the future of India--and Churchill would do whatever was necessary to ensure that India remain British, including a fateful redrawing of the entire map of the Middle East. Herman cuts through the legends and myths about these two charismatic figures, revealing their flaws as well as their strengths. The result is an epic of empire and insurrection, war and political intrigue, with a fascinating supporting cast.--From publisher description.

Mohandas Gandhi, by contrast, would dedicate his life to India's liberation, defy death and imprisonment, and create an entirely new kind of political movement: satyagraha, or civil disobedience. His campaigns of nonviolence in defiance of Churchill and the British, including his famous Salt March, would become the blueprint not only for the independence of India but for the civil rights movement in the U.S. and struggles for freedom across the world. Now master storyteller Arthur Herman cuts through the legends and myths about these two powerful, charismatic figures and reveals their flaws as well as their strengths. The result is a sweeping epic of empire and insurrection, war and political intrigue, with a fascinating supporting cast, including General Kitchener, Rabindranath Tagore, Franklin Roosevelt, Lord Mountbatten, and Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. It is also a brilliant narrative parable of two men whose great successes were always haunted by personal failure, and whose final moments of triumph were overshadowed by the loss of what they held most dear.

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