Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction
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Gandhi: A Very Short Introduction

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Gandhi (1869-1948) was one of the few men in history to fight simultaneously on moral, religious, political, social, economic, and cultural fronts. During his time as a lawyer in South Africa he developed his strategy of non-violence: the idea of opposing unjust laws by non-violent protest, which he made the basis of his successful struggle against British rule in India. In this Very Short Introduction to Gandhi's life and thought, Bhikhu Parekh outlines both Gandhi's major philosophical insights and the limitations of his thought. He looks at Gandhi's cosmocentric anthropology, his spiritual view of politics, his unique form of liberal communitarianism, and his theories of oppression, non-violent action, and active citizenship. He also considers how the success of Gandhi's principles was limited by his lack of coherent theories of evil, and of state and power, and how his hostility to modern civilization impeded his appreciation of its complexity. Gandhi's life and thought has had an enormous impact both within and outside India, and he continues to be widely revered, as one of the greatest moral and political leaders of the twentieth century. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 106 x 170 x 10mm | 140.61g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • halftones and line drawings
  • 0192854577
  • 9780192854575
  • 513,716

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"An excellent intro for first-time western students of Gandhi and India."--Prakash Chenjen, Southern Oregon Universityshow more

About Bhikhu Parekh

Bhikhu Parekh is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Hull. His publications include Ghandhi's Political Philosophy, Crisis and Change in Contemporary India, The Decolonization of Imagination, and Critical Assessments of Jeremy Bentham (4 volumes).show more

Table of contents

List of Illustrations ; 1. Life and Work ; 2. Religious thought ; 3. Human Nature ; 4. Satyagraha ; 5. The Critique of Modernity ; 6. The Vision of a Non-Violent Society ; 7. Critical Appreciation ; Glossary ; Further Reading ; Indexshow more

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