HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-004: History of Modern South Asia
(Fall 2024)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR

Horizon Hall 3008

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Section Information for Fall 2024

Are there seven countries or nine countries in South Asia? Why do some people think Iran is part of South Asia while others resist the inclusion of Afghanistan? These are questions that pre-date these modern nation-states that occupy the region designated as South Asia today. To understand this region, it is important to look at the history of South Asia from the advent of the Mughals in the sixteenth century and the rise of European powers and other indigenous empires in the subsequent centuries to the colonial rule of the British Raj, the Independence struggle, and the consequences of post-colonial nation-state formations. This course “The History of Modern South Asia: From Mughals to Modi” will ask how each of these empires or imperial actors shaped South Asia through their policies and politics. In this course we will learn to employ our writing skills, to think critically about historical narratives, and to use our knowledge to understand and engage with contemporary questions on South Asia.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Mason Core (All)
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies, Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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