GANDHI & CHURCHILL ~ The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age
Book review and technical detail GANDHI & CHURCHILL ~ The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age Arthur Herman
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|Title||GANDHI & CHURCHILL ~ The Epic Rivalry That Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Veteran historian Herman (To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Avant-garde World, 2004, etc.) offers an ambitious, articular collective adventures of two abundant men.Each was a late-Victorian political amount who connected to advance into the mid-20th century. Anniversary captivated an admirable eyes for his country that initially and spectacularly prevailed, but ultimately collided with new avant-garde realities. Born to a flush Hindu ancestors in the western arena of Gujarati, Mohandas Gandhi (1869–1948) was clean-cut in the English educational arrangement to be a advocate and spent a determinative aeon acceptance in London. His aboriginal acquaintance of ancestral bigotry was in South Africa, area he formed for the abolition of attached servants. Winston Churchill (1874–1965), son of an blueblood who was briefly secretary of accompaniment for India, affiliated his ancestor Randolph’s unshakeable acceptance in Britain’s administrative mission to the subcontinent. While both Gandhi and Churchill had captivated the abstraction of authority as “a moral force, an academy of adjustment and civilization,” Gandhi’s appearance would change drastically. He gradually repudiated Britain for its bent chains and tyranny, fashioning a new airy canon from his abysmal abstract readings, during his abounding bastille stints, of Tolstoy, Ruskin and the Bhagavad Gita. Churchill alone Gandhi’s cast of religious “fanaticism,” which he believed threatened to absorb the affable Christian apple in paganism and darkness. When Gandhi alternate to India and abutting civic politics, he developed his acceptance in ahimsa (nonviolence) to embrace methods of satyagraha (passive resistance) in adjustment to claiming the Raj’s paternalistic, akin policies. Churchill against him at every step, foolishly rejecting, for example, Viceroy Lord Irwin’s advancement of dominion cachet for India in 1929. Herman’s abstinent account of anniversary man conveys his absolute worldview, shaped by class, history and education. Anniversary accepted abundant and awry in altered ways.A well-wrought actual anecdotal that adds decidedly to our compassionate of both figures.
In this fascinating and meticulously researched book, bestselling historian Arthur Herman sheds new light on two of the most universally recognizable icons of the twentieth century, and reveals how their forty-year rivalry sealed the fate of India and the British Empire.They were born worlds apart: Winston Churchill to Britain’s most glamorous aristocratic family, Mohandas Gandhi to a pious middle-class household in a provincial town in India. Yet Arthur Herman reveals how their lives and careers became intertwined as the twentieth century unfolded. Both men would go on to lead their nations through harrowing trials and two world wars—and become locked in a fierce contest of wills that would decide the fate of countries, continents, and ultimately an empire. Gandhi & Churchill reveals how both men were more alike than different, and yet became bitter enemies over the future of India, a land of 250 million people with 147 languages and dialects and 15 distinct religions—the jewel in the crown of Britain’s overseas empire for 200 years.Over the course of a long career, Churchill would do whatever was necessary to ensure that India remain British—including a fateful redrawing of the entire map of the Middle East and even risking his alliance with the United States during World War Two.Mohandas Gandhi, by contrast, would dedicate his life to India’s liberation, defy death and imprisonment, and create an entirely new kind of political movement: satyagraha, or civil disobedience. His campaigns of nonviolence in defiance of Churchill and the British, including his famous Salt March, would become the blueprint not only for the independence of India but for the civil rights movement in the U.S. and struggles for freedom across the world.Now master storyteller Arthur Herman cuts through the legends and myths about these two powerful, charismatic figures and reveals their flaws as well as their strengths. The result is a sweeping epic of empire and insurrection, war and political intrigue, with a fascinating supporting cast, including General Kitchener, Rabindranath Tagore, Franklin Roosevelt, Lord Mountbatten, and Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. It is also a brilliant narrative parable of two men whose great successes were always haunted by personal failure, and whose final moments of triumph were overshadowed by the loss of what they held most dear.
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