History 385 (201) India from Raj to Republic

Instructor(s)

D. Ober

Term

2

Course Level

Undergraduate

Description

This course provides a comprehensive chronological and thematic introduction to the history of the Indian subcontinent from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present. We begin by examining the factors that permitted the ascendance of the British East India Company as the dominant military and political power on the subcontinent. We then focus our attention on the establishment of a colonial society and economy, looking at the mechanisms that maintained British authority over so large and diverse a population. Next, we explore the diversity of Indian responses to colonialism from their earliest expressions to the struggle for independence. The course culminates in an engagement with key issues that define post-colonial South Asia, including the legacies of partition, democracy, secularism, religion, and the struggle for social equality.