Fall 2018

The British Raj: Colonial Rule in South Asia

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-377  |  History, as HIST-377


Trent E. Maxey (Section 01)
Dwaipayan Sen (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 377 [AS/TE] and ASLC 377) This course examines the rise, establishment, and decline of British colonialism in India. Originating with the profound transitions underway in the mid-eighteenth century, the colonial state extended its reach over much of the subcontinent over the following century, yet crumbled by the middle of the twentieth. How do we understand these great revolutions in society and politics historically? What did they mean for those whose lives were transformed by them? How does the legacy of colonialism endure? Structured by the most important debates colonial rule generated both historically and historiographically, the course offers the opportunity to ask the old riddle, what was colonialism? In consultation with the instructor, students may choose to write the seminar-paper required for the History major in this course. One class meeting per week.

Limited to 20 students. Fall semester. Professor Sen.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to History and ASLC majors, by seniority if necessary.


Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2018