Modern South Asia

History 114B

Spring 2013
Day & Time: 
MWF 10-11A

This course introduces students to key moments, characters, and themes in modern Indian history, and invites them to think carefully about the written and visual recasting of this past.  It examines how this history from the 1526 establishment of the Mughal Court until the 1947 formation of the Republic of India has been recorded and reconstructed in primary documents, films, novels, short stories, and narratives of historians. The various media serve as avenues to explore the connections and gaps between history and popular culture.  Such topics as British imperialism, Indian nationalism, partition and independence, communalism, urban-rural connections, and the construction of class, caste, and gendered identities will be studied.


Course Books

Kanthapura by Raja Rao Oxford University Press, USA . ISBN: 978-0195624373 Required
Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh Roli Books. ISBN: 978-8174364449 Required
The Concise History of Modern India by Barbara Metcalf and Thomas Metcalf Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1107672185 Required