Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolent Power in Action

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Columbia University Press, Feb 21, 2012 - History - 256 pages
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Dennis Dalton's classic account of Gandhi's political and intellectual development focuses on the leader's two signal triumphs: the civil disobedience movement (or salt satyagraha) of 1930 and the Calcutta fast of 1947. Dalton clearly demonstrates how Gandhi's lifelong career in national politics gave him the opportunity to develop and refine his ideals. He then concludes with a comparison of Gandhi's methods and the strategies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, drawing a fascinating juxtaposition that enriches the biography of all three figures and asserts Gandhi's relevance to the study of race and political leadership in America. Dalton situates Gandhi within the "clash of civilizations" debate, identifying the implications of his work on continuing nonviolent protests. He also extensively reviews Gandhian studies and adds a detailed chronology of events in Gandhi's life.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION 1
1
The Development of Gandhis Ideas 18961917 12
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Nonviolence in Power 30
30
Rabindranath Tagore and M N Roy 63
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The Salt Satyagraha 91
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5 The Calcutta Fast 139
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6 Mohandas Malcolm and Martin 168
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Gandhis Contribution from Various Angles 188
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Afterword to the 2012 Reissue 201
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CHRONOLOGY 225
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NOTES 233
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GLOSSARY 279
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BIBLIOGRAPHY 283
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INDEX 299
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Dennis Dalton was the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science and is now emeritus at Barnard College, Columbia University. The winner of a Fulbright scholarship and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the American Philosophical Institute, he is the author of Indian Idea of Freedom: Political Thought of Swami Vivekananda, Aurobindo Ghose, Mahatma Gandhi, and Rabindranath Tagore and editor of Mahatma Gandhi: Selected Political Writings.

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