Spring 2016 - HIST 285 D200

Studies in History (3)

St-Colonial/National in SAsia

Class Number: 6469

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 5 – Apr 11, 2016: Thu, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 20, 2016
    Wed, 3:30–6:30 p.m.



Special topics. Breadth-Humanities.


Colonialism and Nationalism in South Asia

This course provides an interpretive account 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 nationalisms and the eventual emergence of the independent states of India , Bangladesh and Pakistan. This course explores the most significant historiographical debates concerning the period, such as the causes behind the rapid success of British imperialism, the nature of Indian nationalisms 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 an analysis of both colonial and newly independent India in order to underscore 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%



Ishita Banerjee-Dube , A History of Modern India , Cambridge University Press, 2014.

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