Colonialism and Underdevelopment in South Asia
Division II; Writing-Intensive; Quantative/Formal Reasoning; Difference, Power, and Equity;
British colonial rule in South Asia shaped economy and society in fundamental ways. As resistance to colonial rule emerged in the late nineteenth century, “nationalist” writers developed a critique of its economic impact via taxation, fiscal policy, trade, and many other policies. In their turn, supporters of British rule, “apologists,” argued that British rule had laid the foundations of economic growth by securing property rights, enforcing contracts, and developing infrastructure. The debate between “nationalists” and “apologists” has never quite ended, but after the recent growth of the Indian economy it has lost some of its emotional charge. We will use this opportunity to revisit the controversy.
The Class: Type: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: essays (one every other week) and responses to partner's essays will be evaluated
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: one course in ECON
Enrollment Preference: Economics major, prior course on South Asia
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive; Quantative/Formal Reasoning; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Distribution Notes: DPE: Issues of difference, power, and equity are at the heart of any analysis of colonialism, hence the DPE designation. QFR and WI: Students will write six essays, in which they will employ economic models and engage with quantitative evidence, so the course satisfies both the WI and QFR requirement.
Attributes: GBST South + Southeast Asia Studies Electives; POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses;