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School of History

HST5360 - Violence and Modernity in Twentieth Century India

Module code: HST5360

Credits: 15

Module Convenor: Dr Chris Moffat

This 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.

Assessment: Source Analysis 25% and Essay 75%
Level: 5