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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.: A Bibliography. New Delhi: Orient Longman, 1974, 379 p.

Annotated list of books about Gandhi that was compiled to commemorate the centenary of his birth.


Andrews C. F., ed. Mahatma Gandhi: His Own Story. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1930, 350 p.

Includes material from The Story of My Experiments with Truth, from Gandhi's writings in the Navajivan, and from his Satyagraha (Soul-Force) in South Africa.

Green, Martin. Tolstoy and Gandhi, Men of Peace: A Biography. New York: Basic Books, 1983, 319 p.

Thematic biography comprising the third volume of a trilogy on "peace and the end of empire."

Mehta, Ved. Mahatma Gandhi and His Apostles. New York: Viking Press, 1977, 260 p.

Examines Gandhi's life and traces "how his ideas are now understood and applied, how he is enshrined and remembered, [and] how he lives on."

Polak, H. S. L.; Brailsford, H. N.; and Pethick-Lawrence, Lord. Mahatma Gandhi. London: Odhams Press, 1949, 320 P.

Appreciative biography with Polak covering the years 869 to 1914, Brailsford 1915 to 1939, and Pethick-Lawrence 1939 to 1948.

Sen, Ela. Gandhi: A Biographical Study. Calcutta: Susil Gupta, 1946, 222 p.

Contemporary account of Gandhi's life and political activities.

Tendulkar, D. G. Mahatma: Life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Vol. One—1869-1920. Bombay: Vithalbhai K. Jhaveri & D. G. Tendulkar, 1951, 406 p.

Profusely illustrated study of Gandhi's early life, education, life abroad, and entrance into Indian politics.


Andrews, C. F. Mahatma Gandhi's Ideas, Including Selections from His Writings. New York: Macmillan, 1930, 382 p.

Highlights Gandhi's comments on religious and political topics.

Appadurai, Arjun. "Understanding Gandhi." In Childhood and Selfhood: Essays on Tradition, Religion, and Modernity in the Psychology of Erik H. Erikson, edited by Peter Homans, pp. 113-43. Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 1978.

Responds to Erikson's psychohistorical analysis of Gandhi. According to Appadurai: "Erikson is insufficiently sensitive to the cultural presuppositions, generally Judeo-Christian ones, that underlie psychoanalysis as a cognitive instrument and as an epistemological theory. These presuppositions are, in many cases, opposed to or distinct from those cultural meanings, symbols, and assumptions that formed the essentially Hindu cultural universe of Gandhi and his mass constituency."

Bondurant, Joan V. "New Sources for Countervailing a Legend: Personal and Political History in South Africa and India." Journal of Modern History XXXVI, No. 3 (September 1964): 318-23.

Favorable review of The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Vols. I-IX.

Brown, Judith M. Gandhi and Civil Disobedience: The Mahatma in Indian Politics, 1928-34. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977, 414 p.

Examines Gandhi's political career.

Catlin, George. In the Path of Mahatma Gandhi. Chicago: Henry Regnery Co., 1950, 332 p.

Records Catlin's philosophical quest to India.

Chiaromonte, Nicola. "The Death of Gandhi." In his The Worm of Consciousness, and Other Essays, edited by Miriam Chiaromonte, pp. 66-70. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976.

Assessment of Gandhi focusing on his passion for simplicity.

Dasgupta, A. K. "Gandhi on Social Conflict." In his Phases of Capitalism and Economic Theory, and Other Essays, pp. 8-93. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1983.

Compares Gandhi's social theory with that of Karl Marx.

Erikson, Erik H. "On the Nature of Psycho-Historical Evidence: In Search of Gandhi." In Philosophers and Kings: Studies in Leadership, edited by Dankwart A. Rustow, pp. 3-68. New York: George Braziller, 1970.

Psychohistorical examination of Gandhi centering on the Ahmedabad textile strike of 1918.

Fisher, Margaret W. Review of The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, Vols. I-XII, edited by the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. American Political Science Review LX, No. I (March 1966): 123-24.

Praises the work of editors compiling Gandhi's collected works.

Ganguli, B. N. Gandhi's Social Philosophy: Perspective and Relevance. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1973, 453 p.

Considers Gandhi's social philosophy in the context of oriental and western thought systems, examines its specifically Indian applications, and traces Gandhi's theory of conflict resolution.

Gokhale, Balkrishna Govind. "Gandhi and History." History and Theory XI, No. 2 (1972): 214-25.

Discusses Gandhi's view of history, concluding that for Gandhi, "history is…the saga of man's striving to discover his own humanity, which is but a reflection of the Supreme."

Green, Martin. The Origins of Nonviolence: Tolstoy and Gandhi in Their Historical Settings. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1986, 256 p.

Studies the lives of Leo Tolstoy and Gandhi, showing how their ideas regarding nonviolence "evolved from different starting points, and via different experiences, to come to a common climax."

Harcave, Sidney. "Gandhi's Confessions." Antioch Review VIII, No. 4 (Winter 1948-49): 507-09.

Reviews Gandhi's Autobiography, concluding that the work is "a powerful and compelling book.… Here Gandhi's own words speak so simply and eloquently that one feels exegesis and biography by others to be almost superfluous."

Jack, Homer A., ed. The Gandhi Reader: A Source Book of His Life and Writings. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1956, 532 p.

Chronologically arranged collection of writings by and about Gandhi. According to Jack: "When the history of this era is written in perspective, Gandhi will stand securely beside Einstein and Schweitzer as one of the truly great creative personalities of our age. He is certainly the most important figure produced in centuries by a non-Western civilization."

Juergensmeyer, Mark. Fighting with Gandhi. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1984, 182 p.

Provides an introduction to the Gandhian approach to conflict resolution and examines this method using case studies and theoretical challenges.

Koshal, Rajindar K., and Koshal, Manjulika. "Gandhian Economic Philosophy." American Journal of Economics and Sociology 32 (1973): 191-210.

Examines Gandhi's interpretation of such economic concepts as the ideal structure of the Indian economy, socialism, industrialization, and labor relations.

Mahadevan, T. K. "Gandhi—A Modernist Heresy." In Indian Thought: An Introduction, edited by Donald H. Bishop, pp. 357-63. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1975.

Discusses Gandhi's appeal to reason as a virtual heresy in the context of Indian philosophy.

Mandelbaum, David G. "The Study of Life History: Gandhi." Current Anthropology 14, No. 3 (June 1973): 177-206.

Identifies key concepts that comprise a framework for the study of life history, then applies these concepts to the study of Gandhi's life.

Myrdal, Gunnar. "Gandhi as a Radical Liberal." In his Against the Stream: Critical Essays on Economics, pp. 234-44. New York: Pantheon Books, 1972.

Maintains that Gandhi may be viewed as "a radical and over-optimistic liberal of the post-Victorian English variety," upholding ideals that had "emanated in the early European era of Enlightenment and been preserved and developed in liberal thought everywhere."

Nanda, B. R. Gandhi and His Critics. Dehli: Oxford University Press, 1985, 178 p.

Considers controversy and opposition surrounding Gandhi's teachings within a historical and biographical context.

Nimbark, Ashakant. "Gandhism Re-Examined." Social Research 31, No. I (Spring 1964): 94-125.

Examines "(1) the development of Gandhian ideology in general, (2) the present status of Gandhism in Indian politics, (3) Gandhi's economic philosophy in modern society, (4) the current relevance of Gandhism in human relations in general, and (5) the applicability of Gandhian techniques in the area of race relations in particular."

Shirer, William L. Gandhi: A Memoir. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979, 255 p.

Recalls Shirer's experiences as a journalist covering Gandhi's crusade in India in the early 1930s.

Shridharani, Krishnalal. War without Violence: A Study of Gandhi's Method and Its Accomplishments. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1939, 351 p.

Analyzes the technique, theory, and practice of Satyagraha.

Smith, Donald E. "Gandhi, Hinduism, and Mass Politics." In Religion and Political Modernization, edited by Donald Eugene Smith, pp. 135-46. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1974.

Cites Hindu religion as the central "and indispensable link between Gandhi as a political leader and the Indian masses."

Tinker, Hugh. "Magnificent Failure?: The Gandhian Ideal in India after Sixteen Years." International Affairs 40, No. 2 April 1964): 262-76.

Assesses the success of Indians in putting Gandhian ideals into practice.

Wheatley, Elizabeth D. "Gandhi and India." Sewanee Review XXXIX, No. I (January-March 1931): 120-23.

Includes a review of Mahatma Gandhi: His Own Story, edited by C. F. Andrews. According to Wheatley: "It is unfortunate that Mahatma Gandhi has chosen to write his own story. To the autobiography of every great and good man clings a taint of Pecksniffery, which is not here avoided. Gandhi is, moreover, a man without art. His simplicity is often merely baldness."

Additional coverage of Gandhi's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Gale Research: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 121,132; Major 20th-Century Writers.

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