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Gandhi as Disciple and Mentor

  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521174480


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  • Thomas Weber's book comprises a series of biographical reflections about people who influenced Gandhi, and those who were, in turn, influenced by him. Whilst previous literature tended to focus on Gandhi's political legacy, Weber's book explores the spiritual, social and philosophical resonances of these relationships, and it is with these aspects of the Mahatma's life in mind, that the author selects his central protagonists. These include friends such as Henry Polak and Hermann Kallenbach, who are not as well known as those usually cited, but who left a deep impression nevertheless, and motivated some of Gandhi's major life changes. Conversely, the work of luminaries such as E. F. Schumacher and Gene Sharp reveal the Mahatma's influence in arenas which are not traditionally associated with his thinking. Weber's book offers intriguing insights into the life and thought of one of the most significant figures of the twentieth century.

    • Gandhi's life and thought as seen through his relationships with friends and colleagues
    • The spiritual and philosophical legacies of these encounters and how they influenced Gandhi during his life time
    • By a leading and highly respected scholar in the field
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    Review of the hardback: 'This is a book about a real, fallible man, rather than the retelling of a legend.' The Gandhi Way

    Review of the hardback: 'Weber has written a stimulating and informative work …'. Resurgence

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521174480
    • length: 294 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Gandhi influenced
    3. Henry Polak and the setting up of Phoenix settlement
    4. Hermann Kallenbach and the move to Tolstoy Farm
    5. Maganlal Gandhi and the decision to leave Sabarmati
    6. Jamnalal Bajaj and the move to Sevagram
    7. The top of the hourglass: Gandhi influenced
    8. Gandhi's influence
    9. Arne Naess: the ecological movement finds depth
    10. Johan Galtung: peace research moves beyond war
    11. E. F. Schumacher: economics as if people mattered
    12. Gene Sharp: nonviolent activism becomes a political method
    13. The bottom of the hourglass: Gandhi's influence.

  • Author

    Thomas Weber, La Trobe University, Victoria

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