ASIAN 259 - The History of Modern South Asia
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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May not be repeated for credit.
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The South Asian subcontinent, which consists of the modern nation-states of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, is home to almost a fifth of the world's population. The region in recent years has come to acquire new prominence for its place in the emerging shape of our contemporary world. This course provides a longer history, starting from the 18th century to the present, for understanding the role of the subcontinent and its people in the making of the modern world.

  • Why and when did the subcontinent, once a leading player in the world economy, begin to lose its edge?
  • What followed in the wake of the decline of the great Mughal empire?
  • How did the British come to establish their rule in the subcontinent?
  • What was the impact of British colonialism?
  • How did various groups in India respond to colonial rule?
  • How did M.K. Gandhi become the face of anti-colonial Indian nationalism?
  • What factors led to the independence and partition of the subcontinent?
  • What were the challenges and prospects of the post-independence decades?
  • What enabled India to become the world’s largest democracy?
  • Why did India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh follow different political trajectories?
  • What is the global significance of the subcontinent today?

These are some of the questions that we will explore in this class. Our focus throughout — and the unifying theme for the course — will be on what the history of the subcontinent teaches us about the contours of the world we live in today.

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ASIAN 259 - The History of Modern South Asia
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001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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