The Raj: India and Britain (Introduction to History)|
Spring 2022 not offered
This course examines the linked history of India and Britain from the 18th to the 20th century. The focus will be on the rise and demise of the British Empire in South Asia, commonly referred to as "the Raj," and how the experience shaped what it meant to be both Indian and British. Along the way we will learn how merchants from a remote island nation in western Europe managed to take control of the wealth and manpower of the Indian subcontinent; how Indians helped to build the Raj but gradually turned against it; and how in rebelling against the Raj, and reshaping it, Indians crafted new forms of social protest and political belonging.
This is an Introduction to History course intended mainly for first- and second-year students who are interested in the past and, perhaps, are even (though not necessarily) contemplating the 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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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(GSAS-MN)(GSAS)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(MUST-MN)(SAST-MN)
William Dalrymple, THE ANARCHY: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY; David Gilmour, THE BRITISH IN INDIA: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE RAJ; Vishnubhat Godse, ADVENTURES OF A BRAHMIN PRIEST: MY TRAVELS IN THE 1857 REBELLION; M. K. Gandhi, AUTOBIOGRAPHY, OR THE STORY OF MY EXPERIMENTS WITH TRUTH; Mrinalini Sinha, Katherine Mayo, SPECTERS OF MOTHER INDIA: THE GLOBAL RESTRUCTURING OF AN EMPIRE; Raghu Karnad, FARTHEST FIELD: AN INDIAN STORY OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
And other short articles and essays provided online.
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Midterm exam, four 2-page papers based on readings; bibliography exercise; archive exercise
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