History | Modern South Asia, 18th to 20th Century
G300 | 26042 | Dodson


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section 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 ‘Mutiny’-Rebellion of 1857; Hindu and
Islamic reform movements of the nineteenth century; the link between
religion and nationalism, with especial attention paid to the
writings of M. K. Gandhi; independence and the partition of the
subcontinent in 1947; and communal violence, communal identity, and
the rise of religious fundamentalism in modern South Asia.

Students will be evaluated on the basis of both written assignments
and examinations.

Readings will principally be taken from articles and several
textbooks, including Bose & Jalal’s "Modern South Asia", and
Bayly’s "Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire".  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.