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South Asian History

HISA 1501

Introductory Seminar in South Asia

Gandhi and India's Democracy
Spring 2017

In the period 1905-47, there emerged in British India a mass anti-imperialist movement that eventually won the country's independence and laid the foundations of independent India's democracy (as well as the political foundations of independent Pakistan). Though it was characterized by many competing, even opposed strands, the greatest leader of India's anti-imperialist movement is indisputably Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known to history as Mahatma Gandhi. This class will trace Gandhi's early political life in the British colony of South Africa as well as the prehistory of India's mass anti-imperialist movement before entering into a sustained treatment of that movement in the period 1918-1947.

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Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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