Introduction to History: The Raj (India and Britain)|
|Certificates: International Relations, International Relations Minor, Muslim Studies, Muslim Studies Minor, South Asia Studies, South Asia Studies Minor|
This course examines the history of the "Raj," India under British rule, from the 18th to the 20th century. We will explore how merchants from a remote island 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 especially 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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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(MUST-MN)(SAST-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
William Dalrymple, THE ANARCHY: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE EAST INDIA COMPANY; 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; John Beames, MEMOIRS OF A BENGAL CIVILIAN; 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.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Midterm exam, four 2-page papers based on readings; bibliography exercise; archive exercise
|Instructor(s): Pinch,William R. Times: .M.W.F. 10:50AM-11:40AM; Location: PAC421; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 0||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 19||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 3||SO: 12||FR: 13|
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