HIST 220
History and Society in India and South Asia: c. 2000 to 1700s CE Spring 2020
Division II
Cross-listed ASST 222 / HIST 220

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This course is an introduction to the history of India and South Asia from prehistoric times to the emergence of early modernity. During these centuries, the subcontinent emerged as one of the most diverse and complex regions of the world, as it continues to be even today. The course will cover the period between the rise of the Indus Valley civilization to the end of the Mughal Empire and will address topics such the as the “discovery of India”, the coming of the “Aryans”, society and culture in the great epics like the Ramayana, the beginnings of Jain and Buddhist thought, politics and patronage under Islamic polities, the formation of Mughal imperial authority through art, architecture and literature, among others. Through the study of social processes, the course will focus on the diversity and connectedness that have defined the subcontinent throughout its history. It will also consider the role of history in the region and how a number of events from the past continue to inform its present.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Limit: 40
Expected: 20-25
Class#: 3237
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, response papers and presentation, 2 essays, a mid-term and a final exam
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Enrollment Preferences: none
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ASST 222 Division II HIST 220 Division II
Attributes: GBST South + Southeast Asia Studies Electives
HIST Group B Electives - Asia
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern

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