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School of History

HST5360 - Violence and Modernity in Twentieth Century India

Module code: HST5360

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 1

Module Convenor: Dr Chris Moffat

This QMUL Model module provides an introduction to modern Indian history through the thematic of violence and its relationship to politics and social change. Interrogating India's momentous twentieth century - from the dawn of mass anti-colonial politics to the independent state's emergence as global power - students will explore how the triumphant story of Gandhian satyagraha and postcolonial democracy is shadowed throughout by a 'history of violence’. We will consider how critics and advocates of violence negotiate and respond to developments in modern technology - from bombs and trains to nuclear power and the internet. This module gives students an opportunity to reflect on the transformations and meaning of 'modernity' and ‘democracy’ in a global context, and to analyse the importance of political and intellectual debates in the historiography of modern India.

Assessment: Source Analysis (1,000 words) 25% and Essay (3,000 words) 75%
Level: 5