Introduction to History: Gandhi and the Raj|
|Certificates: Muslim Studies, South Asia Studies|
The "Raj"---India's subjection to Britain in the 19th and early 20th centuries---was the world that gave rise to Mahatma Gandhi, and the world that Gandhi subsequently overturned. In this "introduction to history" course, students will examine the making, unmaking, and remaking of the Raj, and Gandhi's central role in that process. We will begin with the Rebellion of 1857 and end with the assassination of Gandhi in 1948, a year after the Partition of British India into the independent nation-states of India and Pakistan.
This is an Introduction to History course intended especially for first- and second-year students who are interested in the past and, perhaps, who are even (though not necessarily) contemplating history major. As such, it will introduce students to the discipline by reflecting on the nature of historical evidence, how to use an archive, and how to craft a historical argument.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Gandhi, AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, or the Story of My Experiments with Truth
Bankim, ANANDAMATH (trans. J. Lipner)
Durgadas Bandhopadhyay, 1857 UPRISING: THE Tale of an Indian Warrior
Singh, TRAIN TO PAKISTAN
Additional readings available via moodle
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three 5-page papers comparing assigned readings and films; bibliography exercise; archive exercise
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course counts toward the following Certificates: International Relations (Intro), South Asian Studies (Historical Inquiry).
|Instructor(s): Pinch,William R. Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: FISK403; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 12||SR major: 0||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 1||SO: 4||FR: 5|