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History (HIST)

HIST 171 (GH;IL) (ASIA 171) Introduction to South Asian History 2: Early Modern to Contemporary (3) An introduction to South Asian history from early modern to contemporary times.

HIST (ASIA) 171 Introduction to South Asian History 2: Early Modern to Contemporary (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course will offer students a general introduction to the cultures and societies of the South Asian subcontinent from the early modern to the contemporary, following processes of modernization and social transformation through both colonial and postcolonial periods. It covers the rise of British power, and the various responses to it from collaboration to mutiny; the development of competing nationalisms and anticolonialisms, including secular, socialist, Hindu and Muslim variations; accompanying social reform visions including caste abolition and feminism; the turbulent paths toward partition and independence, resulting in the postcolonial states of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan. It then follows the continuing trajectories of these countries after independence, from the Nehruvian years to the neoliberal shift, with attention to emerging social movements and issues including caste and gender relations; religious and separatist politics; struggles around land and development; urbanization, and labor migration; leading into the 21st century.

General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures and Humanities
Effective: Spring 2015

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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