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The Making of Modern South Asia: 1750-1950 CE
/ ASST 221
/ HIST 221
This course focuses on the history of South Asia with the aim of providing an overview of the political and social landscape of the region from the end of the Mughal Empire through British colonial rule and the Partition of India and Pakistan.
We will explore a range of themes including the rise of colonialism, nationalism, religion, caste, gender relations, and the emergence of modern social and political institutions on the subcontinent. In addition to reading key texts and historical primary sources on the specific themes, we will also work with a variety of multimedia sources including films, short stories and website content.
One objective of this course is to introduce students to the different political and social processes that led to the creation of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh; another is to teach students to think critically about the significance of history and history writing in the making of the subcontinent.
Format: lecture; discussion
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
class participation, response papers (2-3 pages), two short essays (4-5 pages), midterm and final exams
none; open to all
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST South + Southeast Asia Studies Electives
HIST Group B Electives - Asia