Confluence of Thought: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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byBidyut Chakrabarty

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While much has been written about Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., never before has anyone compared the social and political origins and evolution of their thoughts on non-violence. In this path-breaking work, respected political theorist Bidyut Chakrabarty argues that there is a confluencebetween Gandhi and King's concerns for humanity and advocacy of non-violence, despite the very different historical, economic and cultural circumstances against which they developed their ideas. At the same time, he demonstrates that both were truly shaped by their historical moments, evolving theirapproaches to non-violence to best advance their respective struggles for freedom. Gandhi and King were perhaps the most influential individuals in modern history to combine religious and political thought into successful and dynamic social ideologies. Gandhi emphasized service to humanity while King, who was greatly influenced by Gandhi, pursued religion-driven social action.Chakrabarty looks particularly at the way in which each strategically used religious and political language to build momentum and attract followers to their movements. The result is a compelling and historically entrenched view of two of the most important figures of the twentieth century and a thoughtful meditation on the common threads that flow through the larger and enduring nonviolence movement.

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While much has been written about Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., never before has anyone compared the social and political origins and evolution of their thoughts on non-violence. In this path-breaking work, respected political theorist Bidyut Chakrabarty argues that there is a confluencebetween Gandhi and King's concerns for huma...

Bidyut Chakrabarty is Professor of Political Science at Delhi University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199951233

ISBN - 13:9780199951239

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Clayborne Carson: ForewordPrefaceAbbreviationsIntroduction1. The Intellectual Roots of the Confluence of Thought2. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.: Defying Liberals, But Deifying Liberalism3. Articulation of a New Ideology: Gandhi's Approach to Human Equality4. Challenging Jim Crow: King's Approach to Racial DiscriminationConclusionNotesBibliographical Notes and Select BibliographyIndex