South Asian Politics

Term: Fall 2010

Subject Code: GPOL

Course Number: 6318

 This course examines the politics of modern South Asia, an increasingly significant yet still understudied region of the world, which addresses many classic theories of comparative politics. Taking a comparative historical approach, with a relative focus on India, we analyze the legacies of imperial rule and anti-colonial movements on nationalist imaginaries and the formation of post-colonial states; the vicissitudes of state-led and market-oriented strategies of development; and struggles to establish, consolidate and expand democratic regimes, institutions and practices. The course assesses how these processes both transformed, and were shaped by, conflicts along lines of caste, class, gender, language and religion, as well as patterns of convergence and difference across the region.

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