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HIST 54/154: Modern India (Brillman)

Modern India

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*Indian Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi, Student Collages, 2015 (courtesy Flicker.com)

Course Description

History is not only what happened, but also why things change. This course is designed to examine the development of modern India from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries. We will survey the period as a whole by selecting significant events, processes, themes, and transitions that have shaped modern Indian history. What was the impact of the confluence, integration, and conflicts between different cultures and religions? Why and how did Britain expand, conquer, and prosper at the expense of India? How and why did they exit? How did India become the world’s biggest democracy? The class, in effect, will encompass an overview of the political, economic, social, and technological forces as well as the unique and strong personalities, which have contributed to the making and breaking of India. A better comprehension of where we are at present comes from an understanding of the past. In addition to gaining some knowledge of history, the aim of this course is to help students improve their interpretive analyses and critical-thinking skills through reading, writing, and class discussions.

This research guide will help you find the best possible resources for your final research paper focusing on an event, issue, or person of your choice

The goal is to help you find both primary and secondary sources (books and scholarly articles).