Modern South Asia

Explores the political, social, and economic history of South Asia from the 18th century to the present day. Topics include colonial rule; anti-colonial movements; nationalism and the creation of modern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh; the post-colonial nation state; social movements; religious identity; involvement of the United States in the region; and economic development. Students develop an understanding of the current successes, failures, and challenges facing the people and states of contemporary South Asia from a historical perspective.

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Offered Spring 2021

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category
21H.102

American History since 1865

TR 1-3:30, VIRTUAL
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Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies

T 2-5, VIRTUAL
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HASS-A
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21H.152

Modern China

MW 3:30-5, VIRTUAL
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21H.154

Inventing the Samurai

TR 12-1:30, VIRTUAL
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21H.165

A Survey of Modern African History

TR 9:30-11, VIRTUAL
Kenda Mutongi Introductory HASS-H
21H.170 17.55 21A.130 21G.084

Introduction to Latin American Studies

TR 3-4:30, VIRTUAL
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21H.186

Nature and Environment in China

NEW SUBJECT!
T EVE 7-10, VIRTUAL
Tristan Brown Introductory HASS-H
21H.187

US Environmental Governance: from National Parks to the Green New Deal

NEW SUBJECT!
TR 11-12:30, VIRTUAL
Megan A. Black Introductory HASS-H
21H.205 STS.427

The Civil War and the Emergence of Modern America: 1861-1890

W EVE 7-10, VIRTUAL
Merritt Roe Smith Intermediate HASS-H
21H.227

Constitutional Law in US History

MW 2:30-4, VIRTUAL
Christopher Capozzola Intermediate HASS-S
21H.228

American Classics

R EVE 7-10, VIRTUAL
Andrew Pope Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.241 21G.054

France: Enlightenment and Revolution

MW 9-10:30, VIRTUAL
Malick W. Ghachem Intermediate HASS-H
21H.245 21G.086 17.57

Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society: 1917 to the Present

MW 1-2:30; Virtual
Feruza Aripova Intermediate HASS-S CI-H
21H.263 WGS.220

Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa

W 2-4, VIRTUAL
1 hour of asynchronous content
Lerna Ekmekçioğlu Seminar HASS-H
21H.266

South Africa and Apartheid

TR 1-2:30; VIRTUAL
Kenda Mutongi Intermediate HASS-H
21H.319

Race, Crime, and Citizenship in American Law

MW 11-12:30, VIRTUAL
Malick W. Ghachem Seminar HASS-S
21H.358 U 21H.958 G

Colonialism in South Asia and Africa: Race, Gender, Resistance

W 11-1, VIRTUAL
Sana Aiyar Graduate
Seminar
HASS-H
21H.388 U 21H.988 G

Global Commodities, American Dreams

NEW SUBJECT!
W EVE 7-10, VIRTUAL
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Seminar
HASS-H
21H.S01

Special Subject: The Indigenous History of MIT

M 3-5, VIRTUAL
W 4-5, VIRTUAL
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TR 10-11:30, Virtual
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Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.061

The History of American Presidential Elections

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21H.101

American History to 1865

Not offered regularly; consult department
Staff Introductory HASS-H
21H.107 21G.043

Introduction to Asian American Studies: Historical and Contemporary Issues

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Staff Introductory HASS-H
21H.141

Renaissance to Revolution: Europe, 1300-1800

Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.143 21G.056

The “Making” of Modern Europe: 1789 – Present

Catherine Clark Introductory HASS-H
21H.144 21G.087

Introduction to Russian Studies

Elizabeth A. Wood
Maria Khotimsky
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21H.145 21G.049 4.674

French Photography

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Catherine Clark Introductory HASS-A CI-H
21H.151

Pre-Modern China

Tristan Brown Introductory HASS-H
21H.155

Modern Japan: 1600 to Present

Hiromu Nagahara Introductory HASS-H
21H.172 21G.078

Latin America Through Film

Tanalís Padilla Introductory HASS-H
21H.173

Socialism in Latin America, from Che Guevara to Hugo Chavez

Tanalís Padilla Introductory HASS-H
21H.181 17.035

Libertarianism in History

Malick W. Ghachem Introductory HASS-H
21H.201

The American Revolution

Not offered regularly; consult department
Staff Intermediate
21H.203

The History of American Presidential Elections

New Subject!
Intermediate HASS-S
21H.211

The United States in the Nuclear Age

Caley Horan Intermediate HASS-H
21H.213 17.28

The War at Home: American Politics and Society in Wartime

Christopher Capozzola
Adam Berinsky
Intermediate HASS-S
21H.214

War and American Society

Christopher Capozzola Intermediate HASS-H
21H.217 11.013

American Urban History

Staff Seminar HASS-H CI-H
21H.220 11.150

Metropolis: A Comparative History of New York City

Craig Steven Wilder Seminar HASS-H
21H.226 11.015

Riots, Strikes, and Conspiracies in American History

Staff Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.229

The Black Radical Tradition in America

Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H
21H.242 21G.322

Frenchness in and Era of Globalization

Not offered regularly; consult department
Catherine Clark Intermediate HASS-H
21H.253 21G.075

The Global Chinese: Chinese Migration, 1567- Present

Not offered regularly; consult department
Emma Teng Intermediate HASS-H
21H.260

Cities in the Middle East: History, Politics and Society

Not offered regularly; consult department
Staff Intermediate HASS-S
21H.262

Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Not offered regularly; consult department
Pouya Alimagham Intermediate HASS-H
21H.281

MIT and Slavery: Research

Lecture: M 3-5, Recitation: W 3, Virtual
Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.282

MIT and Slavery: Publication

Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H
21H.285 STS.025

Making the Modern World: The Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective

Merritt Roe Smith Intermediate HASS-H
21H.315

American Consumer Culture

Caley Horan Seminar HASS-H
21H.320

Gender and the Law in US History

Christopher Capozzola Seminar HASS-H
21H.322

Christianity in America

Craig Steven Wilder Seminar HASS-H
21H.350

Business in China Since 1800

Not offered regularly; consult department
Staff Seminar HASS-H
21H.351 11.153

Shanghai and China’s Modernization

Not offered regularly; consult department
Staff Seminar HASS-H
21H.354

World War II in Asia

Hiromu Nagahara Seminar HASS-H
21H.357

South Asian Migrations

Sana Aiyar Seminar HASS-H
21H.381 WGS.222

Women and War

Lerna Ekmekçioğlu Seminar HASS-S
21H.382

Capitalism in the Age of Revolution

Malick W. Ghachem Seminar HASS-H
21H.385 11.152

The Ghetto: From Venice to Harlem

Craig Steven Wilder Seminar HASS-S
21H.984 STS.414

Risk, Fortune, and Futurity

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