ERIC Number: ED039449
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Publication Date: 1969
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Gandhi's Truth: On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence.
Erikson, Erik H.
This volume is the second of Erikson's experiments with a form which he calls "psycho-history," in which he searches the accounts of a prominent individual's life for certain events during a particular stage in the life cycle. The events sought are those which clarify the identity crisis or crises through which the individual came to define his own leadership or prominence. In an earlier book, "Young Man Luther," Erikson analyzed the events of Luther's early manhood. "Gandhi's Truth" deals with Mahatma Gandhi's middle years, and most specifically with his first fast at the time of a textile workers' strike in 1918. Gandhi was 48 at the time of this strike in Ahmedabad,, and it was within the year that followed that he came to occupy the role of 'father of his country.' Erikson searched Gandhi's writings and interviewed many of his acquaintances for illumination of the process by which Gandhi decided to undertake the fast, and then formulated his understanding of the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance. (MF)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Adults, Biographies, Case Studies, Leadership Styles, Personality Studies, Psychological Studies
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 55 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10003. ($10.00)
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Identifiers: Gandhi (Mahatma); India