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India and the West: South Asia's World History

HIST 285
Fall 2009
Section: 01  
Certificates: International Relations

Europeans were imagining India well before 1498, when Vasco da Gama's ship, piloted by a Gujarati from East Africa, arrived at Calicut on the Malabar Coast. India was at that time, and until about the mid-18th century, the destination of choice for European traders, missionaries, and military entrepreneurs. In 1757 the economic and political tables began to turn, with the military ascendancy of the English East India Company in Bengal. Soon the entire Indian subcontinent was subject to European power and capital; and partly as a consequence of this, more and more Indians began not only imagining the West, but traveling to it--at first mostly to Europe, but increasingly, as the 18th century gave way to the 19th, to the Americas as well. This course will trace the history of India's long engagement with Europe and the Americas and will draw on a rich and diverse--and global--literary outpouring across centuries, as well as popular and "parallel" (or "art") cinematic representation from the past six decades created in both South Asia and the West. Contemporary literary accounts, including much period fiction, will be paired with scholarly investigations of the social, military, economic, political, and religious themes that marked the five centuries of India's world history.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(GSAS-MN)(GSAS)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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