Department Chair

Andrew D. Nicholls, Ph.D., Professor of History

Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

History, M.A.


History and Social Studies Education Department


Michael C. Lazich, Ph.D, Associate Professor of History and Social Studies

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First Reader

York A. Norman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and Social Studies


This thesis explores the life and political career of Indira Nehru Gandhi and analyzes how the historical circumstances of her era shaped her character in a manner that made her uniquely prepared to confront the numerous political challenges that she faced during her tenure as India’s Prime Minister. Indira Nehru Gandhi was Prime Minister of India from 1966 until 1977, and again in 1980 up until her assassination in 1984. Indira Gandhi was seemingly destined to rule over India. She was born into a prominent family who led the way to Indian independence from Great Britain. She was also born in a time in which women in India had become more involved in politics. The circumstance surrounding Indira’s life made her the best candidate to rule India at a time when no one else could.