History majors must take at least four electives towards the fulfillment of their degree requirements. History minors must take at least two electives.
HIS 301-01, Revolt of 1857 (Mukherjee) [Monsoon 2016]
In this course, students will deal with the events, the sources, the historiography and the events of the uprising.
HIS 302-01, World Hegemon: Britain in Comparative Perspective, c. 1832-1914. (Green) [Monsoon 2016]
Victorian Britain was the world's greatest power since Roman times. Its population quadrupled. It became, and long remained, the leading industrial power. It dominated international trade. It acquired an empire covering one-quarter of the world's surface. This course explains how that happened and what its consequences were, both for Britain and the rest of the world, down to the outbreak of the first World War.
HIS 303, Politics and Society in India, 1937-77 (cross-listed as POL 304) (Rangarajan) [Monsoon 2016]
The era of Congress dominance, from the victory in most provinces in the 1937 provincial elections to its first defeat in a general election in 1977. The course spans an era though freedom, Partition and constitution making to the emergence of the parliamentary system and the early years of independent India. Socio-political and economic changes in India are viewed in relation to the changing role of the republic in Asia and the world.
HIS 304, Indigenous Histories (cross-listed as SOA 303) (Kelly) [Monsoon 2016]
This course is focused on ‘indigenous peoples’ — known in India as ‘tribals’ — communities who are often thought of as outside mainstream society, isolated, ‘backward’, and perhaps anachronistic remnants of ages past.
Recent interdisciplinary work in History and Anthropology has focused on understanding the specific histories of indigenous and ‘tribal’ communities, to break out of the timeless mold, and understand how and why they have existed alongside states and empires, and continue to co-exist within and along side nation-states. In order to do this, we explore a variety of case studies in indigenous histories from all over the world including South Asia, North America, Hawaii, Africa and Australia.
HIS 305, International History of the Twentieth Century (cross-listed as IR 201-01) (Raghavan) [Monsoon 2016]
This course will chart and analyse the transformation of the international and global politics over the long twentieth century. It will focus on events and processes from the late nineteenth century to the present, covering the two world wars and the cold war, the fall and rise of global capitalism, revolutions and decolonization, international institutions and economic development, ideologies and religion, new discourses of neoliberalism and human rights.”
HIS 399-01, War, Empire & the Hapsburgs in Early Modern Europe: 1477-1714 (Independent Studies Module) (Nath) [Monsoon 2016]
The course starts at the outbreak of the War of Burgundian Succession (1477-1482). Next, it explores the involvement of the Empire in the Italian Wars (1494-1559), the Eighty Years’ War (1568-1648) in the Netherlands, and the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) in Central Europe. The module will also study the unfolding of Europe’s overseas colonisation and the Protestant Reformation as well as their interaction with Habsburg empire-building. It also looks at Habsburg war and diplomacy with the Ottoman Empire in Eastern Europe. It closes with the end of the War of Spanish Succession (1701-1714).
HIS 399, Independent Studies Module
In consultation with a member of the History faculty, a student may design an independent studies module, on a topic of their choosing. A faculty member must agree to supervise the module, and determine the modes of evaluation. Faculty and student together will determine an appropriate reading list and schedule of weekly meetings to discuss the readings. This option may not be available every semester, depending on the availability of faculty.