HIST 117
Bombay/Mumbai: Making of a Modern Metropolis Fall 2014
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed HIST 117 / INST 117 / ASST 117
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Bombay or Mumbai is India’s foremost urban center and is well known today as a truly global city. It is the heart of India’s commercial life comparable in vibrancy and multiculturalism with the world’s emerging cities like Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo. What are the historical elements that contributed to the making of India’s most modern and global metropolis? What are the antecedents of the modernity, the vibrant culture, dark underbelly and economic diversity that characterize Bombay today? What does the history of Bombay tell us about modernity in India and the emerging countries of the third world in general? This seminar will help students to answer these questions through historical materials on Bombay as well a wide range of multimedia sources including cinema, photography and literature. With a focus on the 19th and 20th centuries, we will explore themes like the commercial culture of a colonial port city, the modern public sphere, theatre and film, labor migration, public health and prostitution to understand what went into the making of this modern metropolis. The primary objective of this course is to introduce students to a wide range of historical sources and ways of interpreting them. The other objective is facilitating their understanding of the history of modern India through the history of its most important city.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15-19
Class#: 1137
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, weekly journal of notes on the readings; three short essays (5-6 pages); final research paper based on primary sources (10-12 pages)
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
Prerequisites: first-year or sophomore standing
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students, then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 117 Division II INST 117 Division II ASST 117 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group B Electives - Asia
INST South + Southeast Asia Studies Electives

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