The Long Eighteenth Century in South Asia

History 280U

Fall 2016
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Location: 
3205 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 10-12
CCN: 
15824
Units: 
4

This graduate seminar introduces students to the history and historiography of the eighteenth century, roughly from the death of Aurangzeb in 1707 to the East India Company’s conquest of Delhi in 1803. We will study key themes and debates in the history of the later Mughal empire, the rise of regional states, competition between European trading companies and the founding of colonial authority in the subcontinent. We will also examine developments in economy, culture, and religious practice during this critical period of transition from the early modern to modern South Asia. Students will write a 20 page research paper on a topic of their own devising in consultation with the instructor.