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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 urban Indus Valley civilization to the end of the Mughal Empire and will address topics such the as the origins and development of the caste system and ‘Hinduism’, 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.
Format: lecture; REMOTE. This class will be taught remotely and will be use a lecture-discussion format with some online/asynchronous work.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
class participation, response papers and presentation, 2 essays, take-home a mid-term and a final exam
none; open to all
History Majors, and those with demonstrable interest in South Asian history
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST South + Southeast Asia Studies Electives
HIST Group B Electives - Asia
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern