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.

Related Subjects

Not Offered This Term

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category
21H.001

How to Stage a Revolution

Staff Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.009

World History and Its Fault Lines Since 1800

Sana Aiyar
Hiromu Nagahara
Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.061

The History of American Presidential Elections

Not offered regularly; consult department
Christopher Capozzola Intermediate Half term subject
21H.090

Digital Humanities Laboratory

T 4-6, F 3-5; 16-628
Catherine Clark Introductory LAB
21H.101

American History to 1865

Staff Introductory HASS-H
21H.102

American History since 1865

Caley Horan
Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.106 24.912 21L.008 21W.741 CMS.150 WGS.190

Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies

M 2-4; 26-204
Danielle Wood Introductory HASS-H
HASS-A
CI-H
21H.107 21G.043

Asian American History: 1865 to 1965

TR 1-2:30, 4-249
Emma Teng
Introductory HASS-H
21H.135

J.R.R. Tolkien: Scholar, Author, and Thinker

TR 9-10:30, E51-385
Eric J. Goldberg Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.141

Renaissance to Revolution: Europe, 1300-1800

offered infrequently; consult department
Staff 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
Introductory HASS-H
21H.145 21G.049 4.674

French Photography

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

Dynastic China

MW 3:30-5; 4-145
Tristan Brown Introductory HASS-H
21H.152

Modern China

MW 3:30-5; 37-212
Tristan Brown
Introductory HASS-H
21H.154

Inventing the Samurai

TR 2:30-4, 4-253
Hiromu Nagahara Introductory HASS-H
21H.155

Modern Japan: 1600 to Present

TR 11-12:30; 56-180
Hiromu Nagahara Introductory HASS-H
21H.156 21G.045

Global Chinese Food: A Historical Overview

Not offered regularly; consult department
Emma Teng Introductory HASS-H
21H.165

A Survey of Modern African History

Kenda Mutongi Introductory HASS-H
21H.170 17.55 21A.130 21G.084

Introduction to Latin American Studies

Tanalís Padilla Introductory HASS-S CI-H
21H.172 21G.078

Latin America Through Film

Not offered regularly; consult department
Tanalís Padilla Introductory HASS-H
21H.173

Socialism in Latin America, from Che Guevara to Hugo Chavez

TR 11-12:30; 66-154
Tanalís Padilla Introductory HASS-H
21H.181 17.035

Libertarianism

Malick W. Ghachem Introductory HASS-H
21H.186

Nature and Environment in China

T 2-5; E51-361
Tristan Brown Introductory HASS-H
21H.187

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

TR 11-12:30; 56-162
Megan A. Black Introductory HASS-H
21H.201

The American Revolution

W 2-5; E51-275
Marjoleine Kars
Intermediate HASS-H
21H.203

The History of American Presidential Elections

Not offered regularly; consult department
Christopher Capozzola Intermediate HASS-S
21H.205 STS.427

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

Merritt Roe Smith Intermediate HASS-H
21H.211

The United States in the Nuclear Age

Not offered regularly; consult department
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

Not offered regularly; consult department
Christopher Capozzola Intermediate HASS-H
21H.217 11.013

American Urban History

TR 10-11; 9-450A
Glenn Seminar HASS-H CI-H
21H.220 11.150

Metropolis: A Comparative History of New York City

Not offered regularly; consult department
Craig Steven Wilder Seminar HASS-H
21H.226 11.015

Riots, Strikes, and Conspiracies in American History

Staff Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.227

History of the US Supreme Court

Not offered regularly; consult department
Christopher Capozzola Intermediate HASS-S
21H.228

American Classics

Not offered regularly; consult department
Craig Steven Wilder
Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.229

The Black Radical Tradition in America

Not offered regularly; consult department
Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H
21H.241 21G.054

France: Enlightenment and Revolution

Staff Intermediate HASS-H
21H.242 21G.322

Frenchness in and Era of Globalization

Not offered regularly; consult department
Catherine Clark Intermediate HASS-H
21H.245 21G.086 17.57

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

Elizabeth A. Wood Intermediate HASS-S CI-H
21H.247

Looking East/Looking West (NEW)

TR 11-12:30, 5-217
Catherine Clark
Hiromu Nagahara
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

Staff Intermediate HASS-S
21H.262

Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Not offered regularly; consult department
Staff
Intermediate HASS-H
21H.263 WGS.220

Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa

F 10-1; 2-103
Lerna Ekmekcioglu Seminar HASS-H
21H.266

South Africa and Apartheid

Kenda Mutongi Intermediate HASS-H
21H.267

Atlantic Slave Revolts

MW 11-12:30, E51-285
Marjoleine Kars Intermediate HASS-H
21H.268

Urban History in Africa (NEW)

Kenda Mutongi Intermediate HASS-H
21H.281

MIT and Slavery: Research

Not Offered Regularly; Consult Department
Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.282

MIT and Slavery: Publication

Not offered regularly; consult department
Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H
21H.283

The Indigenous History of MIT

Staff Intermediate HASS-H
21H.284

South Asia and the Institute

R 11-1, E51-285
Sana Aiyar Intermediate HASS-H
21H.285 STS.025

Making the Modern World: The Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective

Merritt Roe Smith Intermediate HASS-H
21H.289

History Near and Dear: Writing Yourself into History

WF 10-11:30; E51-393
Marjoleine Kars Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.315

American Consumer Culture

W 11-1, E51-390
Caley Horan Seminar HASS-H
21H.319

Race, Crime, and Citizenship in American Law

Malick W. Ghachem Seminar HASS-S
21H.320

Gender and the Law in US History

Not offered regularly; consult department
Christopher Capozzola Seminar HASS-H
21H.322

Christianity in America

Not offered regularly; consult department
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.352 21G.042

Three Kingdoms: From History to Fiction, Comic, Film, and Game

TR 1-2:30; 14E-310
Emma Teng 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.358 U 21H.958 G

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

W 10-12; E51-390
Sana Aiyar Graduate
Seminar
HASS-H
21H.381 WGS.222

Women and War

F 10-1, 2-103
Lerna Ekmekcioglu Seminar HASS-S
21H.385 11.152

The Ghetto: From Venice to Harlem

Not offered regularly; consult department
Craig Steven Wilder Seminar HASS-S
21H.388 U 21H.988 G

Global Commodities, American Dreams

Megan A. Black Graduate
Seminar
HASS-H
21H.984 STS.414

Risk, Fortune, and Futurity

Caley Horan
Will Deringer
Graduate
21H.990 STS.432

Narrating the Anthropocene: Understanding a Multi-Species Universe (NEW)

W 9-12, E51-275
Megan A. Black
Kate Brown
Graduate