India and the World

HIST 200/3.0

Examines the history of India as a series of contacts with the rest of the world. Topics include Roman trade in ancient India, the Portuguese, Turkish, and Mughal empires, Gandhi in South Africa, and South Asian diasporas in Europe and North America. Course materials include histories, travel accounts, court chronicles, medical treatises, literature, and film.


In our modern globalized world it is very important to understand the current political situation of South Asia. It is impossible to comprehend the complexities and nuances of the region without an understanding of the history.

The first part of this survey course traces India’s connection with the rest of the world starting with the Indus Civilization, the Greek invasions followed by the early Greek, Bactrian and Scythian empires. After that we look at the rise of Buddhism and its spread to South East Asia, Sri Lanka but then its complete disappearance from its homeland. We then move to the Early Medieval India and look at some of the regional kingdoms to get an overview of the socio-political condition of India before the coming of Islam.

The next section of the course focuses on Vasco Da Gama’s arrival in the western coast of India that eventually paved the way for British Colonialism in India. We then move to the struggle for India’s independence and India’s relation with different parts of the world namely Ireland, Nazi Germany and Japan. After India’s independence we focus on the creation of Pakistan and the roots of Kashmir dispute. We then move to non-alignment, India’s relation with Soviet Russia, the Panchsheel agreement with China followed by the Indo Chinese war, the creation of Bangladesh.  Finally, we look at India’s problems with Sri Lanka and finally India’s very unique stand on Israel.


Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3
Quiz 110%    

Two research papers worth 20% each

There is no final exam for this course.


Week 1Indus Valley and the Vedic Age
Week 2Classical India
Week 3The rise of Indo-Islamic World
Week 4The Mughal Empire and the consolidation of India.
Week 5The first European colonies and the setting up of the East India Company.
Week 6The first major rebellion against the British also known as the sepoy mutiny.
Week 7 Two important leaders of the freedom struggle Gandhi and Bose.
Week 8India’s independence and the creation of Pakistan.
Week 9What is meant by non-alignment and how did that affect India’s position in the Third World.
Week 10The increasing violence in South Asia. The creation of Bangladesh and the horrific plight of Bangladeshi women.
Week 11We look at Kashmir one of the main reasons behind the ongoing violence in South Asia. We also look at the Emergency era and study some of Indira Gandhi’s policies.
Week 12The new problem of fundamental Hinduism and how it is threatening the secular structure of Indian democracy. We will also do a case study of the Babri Masjid incident and the Gujarat riots.


My current work is on Indian horror films. But this is not how I started. My doctoral dissertation was on gender and sexuality in ancient India where I studied religious texts to analyze gender roles. My dissertation also looked at folk religion and black magic where women play a very strong role.

I have always been a pop-culture aficionado and a fan of horror cinema. I decided to use knowledge from my doctoral research to work on low budget horror flicks since folklore and folk practices play a major role in Indian horror films. Besides asking me anything related to the course if you have any questions about Bollywood and horror cinema feel free to ask me.

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 15-18 hours per week on the course.

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