Early Historic South Asia | Department of History

Early Historic South Asia

Early Historic South Asia


The period since 1860 has been a time of deep-seated and persistent social change in Indian society, as a result of the imposition of colonial rule. This course is designed to introduce students to the literature on modern South Asian history with an emphasis on the diversity of approaches that characterize the historiography of the region, from political history to subaltern studies and studies of culture and economic development. Topics will include: the idea of the Indian nation; peasant protests, famine and poverty; life in urban cities; changes in the lives of women; science, medicine and technology; the construction of crime and social deviance


Class participation and bi-weekly tutorials: 50%
Two Short Response Pieces (2-3 pages) and Long Essay (10 pages): 50%"

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