Traveling India in the Age of Gandhi
- Publish Date: 2008-04-15
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Jeffrey N. Dupee
Traveling India in the Age of Gandhi is a study of armchair travel writers who journeyed to India during what has often been termed the Age of Gandhi, placed between 19141948. Most of the travel writers surveyed understood this era to be a unique time in world historyin India and elsewhere on the globe. The lingering trauma of World War I, the rise of radical state ideologies in Russia, Italy, Japan, and Germany, world-wide depression in the 1930s along with a host of other unsettling political, cultural, and technological realities revealed a world of bewildering complexity and uncertainty. For many of the travel writers surveyed in this work, India was the main drama in a shifting global landscape. Moreover, many viewed it as the ultimate travel experience, a journey that tested one's capacity to fully engage the earth's most compelling forms of human diversity and suffering. Although a few notable figures are included, most of the authors in the study constitute a breed of largely forgotten travel writers. This work is an attempt to extract the core of their observations, impressions, and conclusions concerning what they saw and experienced, particularly concerning Indian aspirations for independence and India as the world's most exotic human landscape.