HISTORY 255 - Gandhi's India
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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This is an introductory level course on the history of India as it relates to the life and times of Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948). Gandhi is one of the great political philosophers of the 20th century. His influence not only helped bring about India’s independence from British colonial rule in 1947, but also influenced other freedom movements, such as the African National Congress in South Africa, which successfully fought apartheid, and the American Civil Rights movement, where we see Gandhi’s imprint in the ideas of civil disobedience and non-cooperation championed by Martin Luther King Jr. The course will focus on the following topics, all critical to understanding Gandhi and his impact: the nature of colonial rule in India, the 19th-century Indian diaspora, the Indian nationalist/anti-colonial movement, India’s independence and partition (and the creation of Pakistan), and Gandhi’s legacy in postcolonial India.

This course has no prerequisites and assumes no prior knowledge of Indian history.

This course is comprised of both lecture and discussion section. Lectures and discussion sections will be supplemented with visual materials, movies, and music where possible.

Students will be evaluated on the bases of class participation, two exams, and a short essay.

HISTORY 255 - Gandhi's India
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001 (LEC)
002 (DIS)
003 (DIS)
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