Summer 2019 - HIST 243 D100

A Brief History of Modern India - from British Colony to Independent Republic (3)

Class Number: 4350

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jun 25 – Aug 2, 2019: Tue, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 15, 2019
    Thu, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Bidisha Ray
    1 778 782-9604
    Office: AQ 6241



A survey of South Asian history designed to equip those students completely unfamiliar with the region, with a foundation in the political, social and cultural contours of South Asia from 1757 to 1947. Students who have previously taken HIST 243 STT may not take HIST 243 for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


History of Modern India

Does Bollywood intrigue you, Gandhi confuse you and samosas uplift your very soul? Want to know the history of such wonders? 

This 6 week condensed course provides a survey of the history of India between the eighteenth and late twentieth centuries: a crucial period in shaping of the modern South Asian subcontinent. These three centuries were characterized by the crumbling of a once-magnificent Mughal empire, the entry of European trade and colonialism, the development of Indian nationalism and the eventual emergence of the independent states of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

We will explore the most significant events, themes and debates of the period such as the causes behind the rapid success of British imperialism, the nature of Indian nationalism and the politicization of religion. The course also introduces the student to important current debates in the historical scholarship of the region especially those of gender, ecology, caste, and the history of sexuality. The course combines a study of scholarship and popular culture in order to understand the ideologies, policies, and processes that shaped the colonial state and continue to mould the entire South Asian subcontinent.

No previous knowledge of South Asia is required to take this course.


  • Participation 20%
  • Primary source analysis 20%
  • In-class Examination 35%
  • Film Review 15%
  • Response paper 5%
  • Quiz 5%



Ideologies of the Raj (Thomas Metcalfe) 

Concise History of Modern India (Metcalfe and Metcalfe).

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