Introduction to History: Gandhi and the Raj|
Spring 2018 not offered
|Certificates: Muslim Studies, South Asia Studies|
The "Raj"---India's subjection to Britain in the 19th and early 20th centuries---was the world that gave rise to Mahatma Gandhi, and the world that Gandhi subsequently overturned. In this "introduction to history" course, students will examine the making, unmaking, and remaking of the Raj, and Gandhi's central role in that process. We will begin with the Rebellion of 1857 and end with the assassination of Gandhi in 1948, a year after the Partition of British India into the independent nation-states of India and Pakistan.
This is an Introduction to History course intended especially for first- and second-year students who are interested in the past and, perhaps, who are even (though not necessarily) contemplating history major. As such, it will introduce students to the discipline by reflecting on the nature of historical evidence, how to use an archive, and how to craft a historical argument.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(GSAS-MN)(GSAS)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(MUST-MN)(SAST-MN)
Barbara and Thomas Metcalf, A CONCISE HISTORY OF MODERN INDIA
Vishnu Bhatt Godshe Versaikar, 1857: THE REAL STORY OF THE GREAT UPRISING, trans. Mrinal Pande
Rachel McDermott, Fran Pritchett, Dennis Dalton, Ainslee Embree, and Leonard Gordon, eds., SOURCES OF INDIAN TRADITION (new edition, 2014)
C. A. Bayly, ed., THE RAJ: INDIA AND THE BRITISH, 1600-1947
Ranajit Guha and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, ed., SELECTED SUBALTERN STUDIES
Joseph Schwartzberg, ed., HISTORICAL ATLAS OF SOUTH ASIA [online and in Olin reference]
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three 5-page papers based on assigned readings; bibliography exercise; archive exercise
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Late work is penalized.
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