HIST 414 Spring 2015 Merchant Cultures and Capitalist Classes in China and India

Cross Listed as ASST414
As the expression "Chindia" in the title of a recent book suggests, contemporary commentators find it difficult to resist conflating the rise of China and India as economic powers in the early 21st century. There are, however, both significant parallels between the two national histories and important distinctions that shape their contemporary viewpoints and futures. This seminar will examine various historical dimensions of entrepreneurial activity in China and India from the early modern period through the twentieth century. It will focus on topics such as indigenous forms of merchant organization, the impact of nineteenth-century imperialism, the adoption of Western business forms and methods, and the relationship of entrepreneurial elites to the modern state.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on participation in discussion, several short papers, a literature review, and a final research paper
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Prerequisites: upper division work in History or Asian Studies
Enrollment Preference: preference will be given to advanced History and Asian Studies majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: HIST Group B Electives - Asia
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 10-15
Class Number: 3271
HIST 414 - 01 (S) SEM Capitalism in China & India Division 2: Social Studies Anne Reinhardt
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Hopkins Hall 002 3271
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