HIST 221
The Making of Modern South Asia: 1750-1950 CE Fall 2019
Division II
Cross-listed GBST 221 / ASST 221 / HIST 221

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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.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Limit: 40
Expected: 20-25
Class#: 1204
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, response papers (2-3 pages), two short essays (4-5 pages), midterm and final exams
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST 221 Division II ASST 221 Division II HIST 221 Division II
Attributes: GBST South + Southeast Asia Studies Electives
HIST Group B Electives - Asia

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