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

Offered Spring 2022

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category
21H.106 24.912 21L.008 21W.741 CMS.150 WGS.190

Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies

T 2-5, 36-155
Michel DeGraff
Fox Harrell
Danielle Wood
Introductory HASS-H
HASS-A
CI-H
21H.141

Renaissance to Revolution: Europe, 1300-1800

MW 2-3:30, 4-253
Jeffrey S. Ravel Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.144 21G.087

Introduction to Russian Studies

TR 2:30-4, 14N-221
Maria Khotimsky Introductory HASS-H
21H.152

Modern China

MW 3:30-5, 56-180
Tristan Brown
Introductory HASS-H
21H.154

Inventing the Samurai

TR 11-12:30, 66-156
Hiromu Nagahara Introductory HASS-H
21H.165

A Survey of Modern African History

TR 9:30-11, 4-144
Kenda Mutongi Introductory HASS-H
21H.173

Socialism in Latin America, from Che Guevara to Hugo Chavez

MW 2:30-4, 66-154
Tanalís Padilla Introductory HASS-H
21H.181 17.035

Libertarianism in History

TR 10-11:30, E51-385
Malick W. Ghachem Introductory HASS-H
21H.186

Nature and Environment in China

T 1-4, E51-390
Tristan Brown Introductory HASS-H
21H.205 STS.427

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

T 11-2, E51-063
Merritt Roe Smith Intermediate HASS-H
21H.213 17.28

The War at Home: American Politics and Society in Wartime

M 2-5, 56-191
Christopher Capozzola
Adam Berinsky
Intermediate HASS-S
21H.217 11.013

American Urban History

T 2-4, 9-217
Ezra Glenn Seminar HASS-H CI-H
21H.241 21G.054

France: Enlightenment and Revolution

TR 2-3:30, 4-253
Jeffrey S. Ravel Intermediate HASS-H
21H.282

MIT and Slavery: Publication

Lecture: M 3-5, 14N-112
Recitation: W 3-4, 14N-112
Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H
21H.283

The Indigenous History of MIT

Lecture: M 2-4, 5-231
Recitation: W 3-4, 5-231
David Lowry Intermediate 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

W 1-4, 2-103
Hiromu Nagahara Seminar HASS-H
21H.382

Capitalism in the Age of Revolution

R 2-5, E51-285
Malick W. Ghachem Seminar HASS-H
21H.984 STS.414

Risk, Fortune, and Futurity

W 10-1, E51-393
Caley Horan
Will Deringer
Graduate
21H.S04

Special Subject: History

F 10-12, E51-385
Sana Aiyar

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

Christopher Capozzola Intermediate Half term subject
21H.101

American History to 1865

Staff Introductory HASS-H
21H.102

American History since 1865

Staff Introductory HASS-H CI-H
21H.107 21G.043

Introduction to Asian American Studies: Historical and Contemporary Issues

Not offered regularly; consult department
Emma Teng
Introductory HASS-H
21H.143 21G.056

The “Making” of Modern Europe: 1789 – Present

Catherine Clark
Introductory HASS-H
21H.145 21G.049 4.674

French Photography

Not offered regularly; consult department
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.156 21G.045

Global Chinese Food: A Historical Overview

Not offered regularly; consult department
Emma Teng 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.187

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

Megan A. Black Introductory HASS-H
21H.201

The American Revolution

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

The History of American Presidential Elections

Christopher Capozzola Intermediate HASS-S
21H.211

The United States in the Nuclear Age

Not offered regularly; consult department
Caley Horan Intermediate HASS-H
21H.214

War and American Society

Not offered regularly; consult department
Christopher Capozzola Intermediate HASS-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

Andrew Pope
Intermediate HASS-H CI-H
21H.227

History of the US Supreme Court

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.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.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
Pouya Alimagham Intermediate HASS-H
21H.263 WGS.220

Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa

Lerna Ekmekçioğlu Seminar HASS-H
21H.266

South Africa and Apartheid

Kenda Mutongi Intermediate HASS-H
21H.281

MIT and Slavery: Research

Craig Steven Wilder Intermediate HASS-H CI-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

Not offered regularly; consult department
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

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.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 11-1, E51-390
Sana Aiyar Graduate
Seminar
HASS-H
21H.381 WGS.222

Women and War

Lerna Ekmekçioğlu 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