HIST 220 Fall 2013 History and Society in India and South Asia: c. 2000 to 1700s CE

Cross Listed as ASST222
This course is an introduction to the history of South Asia from prehistoric times to the emergence of "early modernity". During these centuries, the subcontinent emerged as one of the most diverse and complex regions of the world, as it continues to be even today. The course will cover the period between the rise of the Indus Valley civilization to the end of the Mughal Empire and will address topics such the as the "discovery of India", the coming of the "Aryans", society and culture in the great epics like the Ramayana, the beginnings of Jain and Buddhist thought, politics and patronage under Islamic polities, the formation of Mughal imperial authority through art, architecture and literature, among others. Through the study of social processes, the course will focus on the diversity and connectedness that have defined the subcontinent throughout its history. It will also consider the role of history in the region and how a number of events from the past continue to inform its present.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on participation, response papers, short essays, and a final exam
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
Enrollment Preference: none
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group B Electives - Asia,HIST Group G Electives - Premodern
Enrollment Limit: 40
Expected Enrollment: 20-25
Class Number: 1973
HIST220-01(F) LEC India & So.Asia: 2000-1700s CE Division 2: Social Studies Aparna Kapadia
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Paresky 112 1973
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