Introduction to History: The Raj--India and Britain|
|Certificates: Muslim Studies, South Asia Studies|
The "Raj," signifying British rule over South Asia, was the great global imperial fact of the 19th and early 20th centuries: India as the "jewel in the British crown." The goal of this introductory course is to understand what that "jewel" looked like, in all its facets, as well as the British "crown" that it adorned. We will examine the ways in which the Raj took shape--was made, unmade, and remade from above and below--and how the experience of the Raj transformed both India and Britain. Chronologically, the course begins with the political and military rise of the East India Company in the mid-18th century and concludes with the trauma of Partition, Independence, and Gandhi's assassination in the mid-20th century. A key midpoint is the Mutiny-Rebellion of 1857--an event that shocked the world and reshaped the Empire, and was an Indian Civil War in its own right.
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 the major in history. 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: (CIR)(CMST)(CSA)(HIST-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
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)
Rudyard Kipling, KIM
C. A. Bayly, ed., THE RAJ: INDIA AND THE BRITISH, 1600-1947
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two 5 to 7-page papers on assigned texts. Midterm and Final examinations.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Late work is penalized.
|Instructor(s): Pinch,William R. Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: PAC421; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 0||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 18||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 3||SO: 12||FR: 13|