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Gandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha
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Gandhi Before India

by Ramachandra Guha

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Until now I had little idea of the background of the man who became the liberator of the nation of India. This book reveals the development of the man and his ideals, and shows the twenty years of the growth of his revolutionary ideas in the context of South Africa before he returned to India to put them in practice there. Very worthwhile reading, and it enlarged my knowledge of a part of the world that has not before been part of my world view. Not only would he have been a different person and the history of India perhaps different if he had not had these African experiences, but perhaps the eventual overthrow of apartheid would have been different as well. An enriching read! ( )
  JudyGibson | Jul 17, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385532296, Hardcover)

The first volume of a magisterial biography: the definitive portrait of the life and work of one of the most abidingly influential-and controversial-men in modern history.

Here is a revelatory work of biography that takes us from Mohandas Gandhi's birth in 1869 through his upbringing in Gujarat, his two years as a student in London, and his two decades as a lawyer and community organizer in South Africa. Ramachandra Guha has uncovered a myriad of previously untapped documents, including private papers of Gandhi's contemporaries and co-workers, contemporary newspapers and court documents, the writings of Gandhi's children, secret files kept by British Empire functionaries. Using this wealth of material in a brilliantly nuanced narrative, Guha describes the social, political, and personal worlds in which Gandhi began his journey to become the modern era's most important and influential political actor. And Guha makes clear that Gandhi's work in South Africa-far from being a mere prelude to his accomplishments in India-was profoundly influential on his evolution as a political thinker, social reformer, and beloved leader.

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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.… (more)

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