History | Modern South Asia: 18th-20th Century
G350 | 26248 | Dodson
Above class carries culture studies credit
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates only
This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth
examination of the “making of modern South Asia” through this
region’s experience as an imperial territory of Great Britain.
Principal themes covered will include: the eighteenth-century
context in India; the East India Company and its transformation from
a trading concern to the colonial government of India; social and
religious change in India during the early periods of colonialism;
causes and consequences of the Rebellion of 1857; Hindu and Islamic
reform movements of the nineteenth century; the writings of Mohandas
K. Gandhi; independence and the partition of the subcontinent in
1947; communal violence and religious identity; and the rise of
Islamic and Hindu religious fundamentalism in modern South Asia.
Students will be evaluated on the basis of both written assignments
Weekly readings will primarily be based upon several textbooks. In
addition, we will read a variety of primary sources, including
colonial documents, novels (such as E. M. Forster’s "A Passage to
India"), and polemical pamphlets. Visual material presented in
class, such as the art and architecture of this period, as well as
film, will also be discussed.