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Catherine H. Warner
HSTAS 202
Seattle Campus

Introduction to South Asian History, 1500 - present

The Islamic impact, British conquest, and contemporary India. Emphasis on the rise of nationalism, social organization, and contemporary life and history. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 202.

Class description

Major political, social and cultural developments in the Indian subcontinent from 1500 to the present. The course will span the formation of the Mughal empire, the British empire and the creation of independent nation-states after 1947. Situates political history within social change in the areas of caste, family and group identity. Also considers intellectual trends over this period, spanning devotionalism (Bhakti), reform movements under colonial rule, nationalism and post-colonialism, with an emphasis on reading the words (in translation) of South Asians who lived through and shaped historical change.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites or background knowledge necessary.

Class assignments and grading

Reading responses, short papers, essay exam.

Participation in class and written assignments.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Catherine H. Warner
Date: 04/20/2013