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The Essential Writings

Mahatma Gandhi
Edited by Judith M. Brown

April 2008

ISBN: 9780192807205

464 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £10.99

This new selection of Gandhi's writings taken from his books, articles, letters and interviews sets out his views on religion, politics, society, non-violence and civil disobedience. Judith M. Brown's excellent introduction and notes examines his philosophy and the political context in which he wrote.

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This new selection of Gandhi's writings taken from his books, articles, letters and interviews sets out his views on religion, politics, society, non-violence and civil disobedience. Judith M. Brown's excellent introduction and notes examines his philosophy and the political context in which he wrote.

  • A new selection of Gandhi's writings, with an important Introduction by a leading scholar of Gandhi's life, designed to introduce his life and thought to readers.
  • Drawn from the full range of Gandhi's published work - books, articles, broadcasts, interviews, letters - the selection covers his thinking on religion and spirituality, on society and its problems, on politics and British rule, and on non-violence and civil disobedience.
  • The selection is arranged to demonstrate Gandhi's belief that transformation in human life should be from the roots upwards, from the individual through to social and political relations.
  • Judith Brown's Introduction provides a succinct account of Gandhi's life and his ambiguous role in the Indian nationalist movement; it examines what kind of thinker and writer Gandhi was, and how he built a coherent body of thought which he attempted to put into daily practice.
  • Invaluable notes help the non-specialist reader understand the political context in which Gandhi was writing, the many allusions to his broad reading, and the people to whom he wrote and referred.
  • Detailed chronology, up-to-date bibliography, glossary, and index.

About the Author(s)

Mahatma Gandhi

Edited by Judith M. Brown, Beit Professor of Commonwealth History, University of Oxford

Table of Contents

    Gandhi, his mission, and the influences on him
    Gandhi reflects on himself
    Gandhis acknowledges the major influences on him
    Authentic human life and the transformation of the individual
    The truly human life
    The search for God
    True religion and particular religious traditions
    Seeking truth through non-violence, self-discipline, and service
    Transforming societies
    Creating moral societies
    Ashrams - centres of personal and social transformation
    India under British rule: making a new nation
    Understanding swaraj
    Making swaraj - the Constructive Programme
    Making swaraj - key issues
    Non-violence as political action
    The birth of non-violent action
    The essence of satyagraha
    Appropriate behaviour for satyagrahis
    Tactics and dilemmas in satyagraha