Modern South Asia, 1700-2000

History 114B

Fall 2010
223 Dwinelle
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MWF 2-3P

In our time together we will deal with the history of South Asia between the coming of the Europeans and the present. It will be organized around a series of contested formulations about the recent South Asian past. One of these problems is: how was India comprehended and manipulated both by the Europeans and Indians? The second problem is: How was India conquered, by the sword or by the word? The third is: How did Indians resist the British? Finally, how was the voice of women, lower classes and others expressed and heard? . We will read books about language, gender, the â€_Äúsubalternâ€_ÄÃ_ classes, and women in an attempt to understand these questions.