Examine British imperial power in the Indian subcontinent from the formal demise of the East India Company in 1858 to the transfer of power to India and Pakistan in 1947. Discuss changing British perceptions and policies and their impact on India. Consider the social, political and economic complexities within India as well as growing nationalist pressure for independence. Finally, review the decisions, policies and actions that determined partition and established the states of India and Pakistan. Topics include: post-rebellion India, origins of Indian Nationalism, Communalism and Casteism, introduction and implications of British technology, women in India, impact of World War I and World War II, Gandhi, the Indian National Congress and the Muslim League, independence and partition.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Identify the complexities of change and continuity in the history of the Indian subcontinent
- Apply historical events and influences to India and Pakistan in the 21st century
- Identify the implications and ramifications of colonial rule for both Britain and India