History | Modern South Asia: 18-20th Century
G350 | 27160 | Dodson


Above class carries culture studies credit
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MA’s only

The region of South Asia (including the countries of India,
Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and several others) is home to
more than a billion people, one of the world’s largest economies,
and several of its political trouble spots.  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 South Asia 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
and examinations.

Weekly readings will primarily be based upon several textbooks.  In
addition, we will read a variety of primary sources, including
colonial documents, novels, and polemical pamphlets.  Visual
material presented in class, such as the art and architecture of
this period, as well as a number of films, will also be discussed.