Welcome to Hist 200

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  • Welcome to Hist 200, India and the World. The course examines the history of India as a series of contacts with the rest of the world.
  • The course is divided in three Units. In the first unit we look at India before the coming of the British, in Unit 2 we look at the British rule and the struggle for Independence. In the third unit we look at India after Independence.
  • In Unit 1 we look at India before the arrival of Vasco da Gama.
  • Some of the highlights of Unit 1 are the first Buddhist king who actively promoted vegetarianism. We find out about Hellenistic India and learn about the Mughal Dynasty
  • There are 3 discussion questions and one multiple choice quiz in Unit 1.
  • Remember participating in discussion questions is extremely important.
  • In Unit 2 we learn about the British rule and India's struggle for independence. We also cover the partition here and the birth of Pakistan.
  • Some of the highlights of Unit 2 include the battle of Plassey, the revolt of 1857, the different political approaches of Gandhi and Bose, and some poignant store about the partition.
  • You have two discussion questions, one multiple choice quiz, and your food history assignment in this unit. You have to also write your research proposal for your final essay.
  • In Unit 3 we look at India after independence. Here we take a closer look at current political problems like the Kashmir issue and the rise of Hindu nationalism.
  • In this unit you need to focus on your final essay. There is only one discussion question here, so that you can work on your essay
  • I hope you enjoy the course, I look forward to interacting with all of you.
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