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Gandhi And Churchill : The Rivalry That Destroyed An Empire And Forged Our Age revolves around the lives of two of the most universally renowned figures, Mahatma Gandhi and Winston Churchill. This book describes the arch rivalry between the two, and how it sealed the fate of the British empire and India. The two of them were born in completely different setups. Winston was born to an aristocratic family in Britain, while Gandhi was born in a small town in India to a middle-class family.
Through the course of this book, the readers are given insights into how they met, and the way their careers intertwined with the dawn of the twentieth century. Herman throws light on the nature of both men, indicating that they were more alike than different, and go on to become sworn enemies over the future of India. At that point of time, the country had more than 250 million people, speaking 147 languages, and 15 religions, and was the jewel in the crown of the overseas empire of Britain for two centuries.
Churchill tried his best to leave no stone unturned in keeping India suppressed under the British rule, at the risk of his alliance with the US during the Second World War. On the other hand, Gandhi worked day and night to see the nation of India liberated from the clutches of the British. He adopted the path of nonviolence against Churchill and the British.
One of his notable attempts was the Salt March, which not only played a key role in bringing freedom to India, but also the civil rights movement in the United States, and other struggles worldwide. In this book, Herman throws light on the strengths as well as flaws of these two historical figures, and the accompanying cast, which included Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Franklin Roosevelt, General Kitchener, Rabindranath Tagore, and Lord Mountbatten.
About Arthur Herman
Arthur Herman is a well-known author and historian.
Apart from this book, Herman has written To Rule The Waves: How The British Navy Shaped The Modern World, How The Scots Invented The Modern World: The True Story Of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World And Everything In It and Joseph McCarthy.
Herman was born in the year 1956. He completed his BA from the University of Minnesota. He also holds a Master's, and doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University, both in History. He also spent one semester at Edinburgh University, Scotland. During the 1980s, and 90s, he taught at George Mason University, Georgetown, The University of the South, and The Catholic University of America. He is presently a lecturer at Smithsonian's Campus on the Mall.