Spring 2023

Making of Modern South Asia

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-279  |  History, as HIST-279


Mekhola S. Gomes (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 279 [AS/TC/TE/TR/TS] and ASLC 279 [SA].)The Indian subcontinent, the home of more than a billion people, has a rich and dynamic history. This 200-level survey is a history of the making of modern South Asia with a focus on India. Spanning the period from the sixteenth century to the present, the course introduces students to the history, politics, culture, and societies of the Indian sub-continent. It covers the consolidation of the Mughal empire, successor states in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, British imperial rule, resistance to colonialism, anti-colonial movements and political thought, decolonization in the subcontinent, postcolonial social movements, and the new rise of ethnic nationalism. The course outlines this long and complex history through themes including caste, labour, gender, the economy, and political thought and institutions. Two meetings per week.

Spring semester. Professor Gomes.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis of written work, reading, oral presentations, group work.

ASLC 279 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM CHAP 103
Th 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM CHAP 103


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2023