Spring 2024 History: Middle East UN2811 section 001


Call Number 11589
Day & Time
MW 10:10am-11:25am
301 Uris Hall
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Anupama Rao
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description Prerequisites: None. (No prerequisite.) We begin with the rise and fall of the Mughal Empire, and examine why and how the East India Company came to rule India in the eighteenth century. As the term progresses, we will investigate the objectives of British colonial rule in India and we will explore the nature of colonial modernity. The course then turns to a discussion of anti-colonial sentiment, both in the form of outright revolt, and critiques by early nationalists. This is followed by a discussion of Gandhi, his thought and his leadership of the nationalist movement. Finally, the course explores the partition of British India in 1947, examining the long-term consequences of the process of partition for the states of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. We will focus in particular on the flowing themes: non-Western state formation; debates about whether British rule impoverished India; the structure and ideology of anti-colonial thought; identity formation and its connection to political, economic and cultural structures. The class relies extensively on primary texts, and aims to expose students to multiple historiographical perspectives for understanding South Asias past.
Web Site Vergil
Department History
Enrollment 47 students (70 max) as of 1:07PM Sunday, July 14, 2024
Subject History: Middle East
Number UN2811
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Note Discussion HIST UN2813 REQUIRED
Section key 20241HSME2811W001