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Few individuals in history have made so great a mark upon their times as Gandhi. And yet he never held high political office, commanded no armies and was not even a compelling orator. His 'power' therefore makes a particularly fascinating subject for investigation. Historian David Arnold explains how and why the shy student and affluent lawyer became one of the most powerful anti-colonial figures Western empires in Asia ever faced and why he aroused such intense affection, loyalty, and at times much bitter hatred, among Indians and Westerners alike. Attaching as much influence to the idea and image of Gandhi as to the man himself, Arnold sees Gandhi not just as a Hindu saint but as a colonial subject, whose attitudes and experiences expressed much that was common to countless others in India and elsewhere who sought to grapple with the overwhelming power and cultural authority of the West.--From publisher description
Print Book, English, 2001
Longman, Harlow, England, 2001
collective biographies
x, 266 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.
9780582319783, 0582319781
Introduction: The idea of Gandhi
A diwan's son
The India of the princes
Caste and the Banias
Gandhi and his family
Religious life in Kathiawar
Gandhi in London
South Africa and self-rule
Indians in South Africa
A lawyer in Natal
The mantle of Mahatma
'Civilisation' and 'slavery'
Peasant power
Village India
The Raj and the Congress
Gandhi in Champaran
The Kheda Satyagraha
The Ahmedabad Strike of 1918
A peasant congress?
Power to the nation
Gandhi and the First World War
The Rowlatt Satyagraha
Congress reorganisation
Non-cooperation and civil disobedience
Khadi and the constructive programme
Trial and imprisonment
'Half-naked fakir'
The Swarajists and the Bardoli Satyagraha
'Simon go back'
The salt satyagraha
Civil disobedience
The Gandhi-Irwin Pact
London and the Round Table Conference
The lone satyagrahi: Gandhi, religion and society
Gandhi's religion
Caste and untouchability
The 'epic fast' and Harijan campaign
Gandhi adrift
Women and gendered politics
Gandhi in old age: triumph or nemesis?
Gandhi, Nehru and Bose
The office question
'Quit India'
One nation
or two?
Independence and partition
The assassination