The Banks of the Ganges at Varanasi
LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE



Prof. David Campion




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SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

SPRING 2018

Week I Jan 17-19The Origins of Modern India
Week II Jan 22-26Ideologies of Empire and their Consequences
Week III Jan 29-Feb 2Caste, Religion, and Power in Colonial Indian Society
Week IV Feb 5-9 Collaboration and Resistance
Week V Feb 12-16The Anglo-Indian Encounter
Week VI Feb 19-23The Great Game
Week VII Feb 26-Mar 2War and Reform
Week VIII Mar 5-9Mahatma Gandhi: The Man and the Image
Week IX Mar 12-16The End of Empire and the Transfer of Power
Week X Mar 19-23Postwar South Asia and the World
Week XI Apr 2-6The Dynamics of South Asian Politics
Week XII Apr 9-13The Lives of the Powerful and the Excluded
Week XIII Apr 16-20Contemporary South Asian Society
Week XIV Apr 23-25South Asia: Present and Future



Week I: The Origins of Modern India

Jan 17: Introduction: Indian society in the eighteenth century
Jan 19: The East India Company and the British conquest of Bengal


Reading:
Metcalf, 1-55
Hay, 1-15
"The Company that ruled the waves" in The Economist, Dec 2011

Documents:
Robert Clive, Letter to William Pitt regarding British policy in Bengal (1759)
East India Company Act of 1767
Robert Clive, Speech in the House of Commons on India (1772)
Warren Hastings, Letter to Court of Directors of the East India Company (1773)
Edmund Burke, Speech in the House of Commons on India (1783)



Week II: Ideologies of Empire and their Consequences

Jan 22: "Orientalists," "Anglicists," and the Bengal Renaissance
Jan 24: The Revolt of 1857: causes and consequences
Jan 26: Discussion


Reading:
Metcalf, 56-91
Hay, 15-34
Bernard S. Cohn, "The Command of Language and the Language of Command" in Ranajit Guha (ed.), Subaltern Studies IV

Documents:
William Bentinck, "On Ritual Murder in India" (1829)
T.B. Macaulay, "Minute on Education" (1835) and Resolution of Lord Bentinck (1835)
Mountstuart Elphinstone, "Indian Customs and Manners" (1840)
Earl of Dalhousie, Report on the Administration of India (1856)
Elisa Greathed, An Account of the Indian Mutiny at Meerut (1857)



Week III: Caste, Religion, and Power in Colonial Indian Society

Jan 29: Village India: caste, kinship, and land
Jan 31: Politics and religious identity: Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs in colonial India
Feb 2: Discussion


Reading:
Metcalf, 92-122
Hay, 36-62, 72-82, 120-127, 180-195
Gyan Pandey, "The Colonial Construction of Communalism" in Ranajit Guha (ed.), Subaltern Studies VI

MAP EXERCISE DUE JAN 31



Week IV: Collaboration and Resistance

Feb 5: Indian society under the British Raj
Feb 7: The early years of Indian nationalism
Feb 9: Discussion


Reading:
Metcalf, 123-166
Hay, 84-120, 128-130, 140-159
"100 years since Servitude" in The Economist, Sep 2017

Document:
Queen Victoria, "Proclamation to the Princes, Chiefs, and People of India" (1858)

RESPONSE PAPER #1 DUE FEB 7



Week V: The Anglo-Indian Encounter

Feb 12: The "Jewel in the Crown": India and the British imperial identity
Feb 14: Rabindranath Tagore and his world: the development of modern South Asian literature
Feb 16: Discussion


Reading:
Hay, 130-139, 277-288
Bernard S. Cohn, "Representing Authority in Victorian India" in Hobsbawm and Ranger (eds.), The Invention of Tradition
R.J. Moore, "Imperial India, 1858-1914," in The Oxford History of the British Empire, Vol III (Ch. 19)

Documents:
Rudyard Kipling, "Gunga Din" (1891) and "The White Man's Burden" (1898)
Rabindranath Tagore, "Once there was a king" (1916)

Video:
Coronation Durbar of King George V as Emperor of India (1911)



Week VI: The Great Game

Feb 19: Lord Curzon and British geo-strategy in Central Asia
Feb 21: The princely states and shape of British paramountcy
Feb 23: Discussion: The Home and the World


Reading:
Tagore, The Home and the World

Document:
Francis Younghusband, Convention between Great Britain and Tibet (1904)

Image: 360° panaromic view from the summit of Mount Everest

RESPONSE PAPER #2 DUE FEB 23

SPECIAL EVENT: 55th Annual Throckmorton Lecture
Prof. Ayesha Jalal, Tufts University
"Liberalism and Muslims in South Asia"
Thursday, Feb 22, 5:00 pm Council Chamber




Week VII: War and Reform

Feb 26: First steps toward reform: Morley-Minto and the "Indianization" of government
Feb 28: India in the Great War, 1914-1918
Mar 2: MIDTERM EXAMINATION


Reading:
David Omissi, "Europe through Indian Eyes: Indian Soldiers encounter England and France" in English Historical Review (122:496) Apr 2007

Documents:
Viscount Morley of Blackburn, Speech to the House of Commons (1909)
G.K. Gokhale, Political Testament (1915)
Lucknow Pact (1916)
Edwin S. Montagu, Speech to the House of Commons (1917)
Government of India, Notification granting military commissions to Indians (1918)
King George V, Proclamation on the Government of India Act (1919)



Week VIII: Mahatma Gandhi: The Man and the Image

Mar 5: The life, philosophy, and politics of Mohandas K. Gandhi
Mar 7: Gandhi, Nehru, and the rise of "civil disobedience"
Mar 9: Discussion


Reading:
Metcalf, 167-202
Hay, 243-275
Partha Chatterjee, "Gandhi and the Critique of Civil Society" in Ranajit Guha (ed.) Subaltern Studies III

Documents:
Mohandas K. Gandhi, "Indian Home Rule" (1909) and "Quit India" Resolution [original draft] (1942)

Video:
Fox Movietone, Interview with Mahatma Gandhi (1931)

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY DUE MAR 9



Week IX: The End of Empire and the Transfer of Power

Mar 12: India's war at home and abroad, 1939-1945
Mar 14: A bloody birth: Independence and Partition
---------- Film: Earth, 7-10pm, Miller 102
Mar 16: Discussion


Reading:
Metcalf, 203-230
Hay, 195-242, 304-315
Ian Talbot, "A Tale of Two Cities: The Aftermath of Partition for Lahore and Amritsar" in Modern Asian Studies (41:1) 2007

Documents:
Subhas Chandra Bose, Plan for cooperation between the Axis powers and India (1941)
Joachim von Ribbentrop, Brief for the Führer on "British India" (1941)
US State Department, Orders to American Forces in India (1942)
Clement Attlee, "The end of British rule in India" (1947)
Winston Churchill, "Britain's shameful flight from India" (1947)
Jawaharlal Nehru, "A tryst with destiny" (1947) [Audio: BBC Radio Archive]

Images:
BBC Photo Archive, Photographs of the partition of India and Pakistan (1947)

Video:
BBC Film Archive, Lord Mountbatten reads address by King George VI on Indian independence (1947)

RESPONSE PAPER #3 DUE MAR 16



Week X: Postwar South Asia and the World

Mar 19: The Indian Republic comes of age: The Nehruvian state and the planned economy
Mar 21: On the world stage: Indian and Pakistani foreign policy in the Cold War
Mar 23: Discussion


Reading:
Metcalf, 231-264
Jones 1-42
Hay, 315-352
Robert J. McMahon, "United States Cold War strategy in South Asia" in Journal of American History, 75 (1988)

Documents:
Maharaja Hari Singh, Instrument of Accession, Jammu and Kashmir State (1947)
Jawaharlal Nehru, "Marxism, Capitalism and India's Future" (1941), Speech to the Bandung Conference Political Committee (1955), and "Economic Development and Nonalignment" (1956)

RESPONSE PAPER #4 DUE MAR 23



Week XI: The Dynamics of South Asian Politics

Apr 2: The Congress Party, separatist movements, Indira Gandhi, and the "Emergency"
Apr 4: Pakistan and Bangladesh: Islam and the nation state
Apr 6: Discussion


Reading:
Hay, 379-411
Jones, 43-75, 140-180



Week XII: The Lives of the Powerful and the Excluded

Apr 9: The ties that divide: caste, religion, and language in Modern India and Sri Lanka
Apr 11: From purdah to prime minister: women in contemporary South Asian society
Apr 13: Discussion


Reading:
Gidla, Ants Among Elephants

RESPONSE PAPER #5 DUE APR 13



Week XIII: Contemporary South Asian Society

Apr 16: Discussion: Ants Among Elephants
Apr 18: Secularism, religious fundamentalism, and the battle for power in India and Pakistan
Apr 20: Trauma and transformation: Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Myanmar since independence


Reading:
Jones, 181-290
Hay, 289-296, 359-365

Document:
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), "Hindutva: The Great Nationalist Ideology" (2014)

RESEARCH ESSAY DUE APR 20



Week XIV: South Asia: Present and Future

Apr 23: South Asia's short fuse: Kashmir, nuclear proliferation, and implications for the world
Apr 25: Conclusion: The Future of South Asia


Reading:
Metcalf, 265-304
Jones, 76-139, 291-325
"Hissing Cousins (Special Report: India and Pakistan)" in The Economist, Jul 2017

Documents:
Declaration of India and Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir (1966)
Simla Agreement on Kashmir (1972)

FINAL EXAMINATION: THURSDAY 3 MAY, 8:30-11:30am



The Banks of the Ganges at Varanasi

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