History and Civilization of Classical India
Approach and Focus: South Asian history and civilization, from the Stone Age up to 1200 CE (Common Era). No previous exposure, either to India or to history, is assumed.
Texts and Assignments: Readings are grouped topically, and subgrouped into required and suggested categories. The following required texts are/will soon be available at U.Va. Bookstore:
Burjor Avari, India: the Ancient Past (London: Routledge, 2007)
Carl Olson, The Different Paths of Buddhism: a Narrative-Historical Introduction
McClish and Olivelle, eds. & transl., The Arthasastra: Selections from the Classic Indian
Work on Statecraft (Indianapolis: Hackett, 2012)
Barbara S. Miller, tr., The Bhagavad Gita: Krishna’s Counsel in Time of War (various edns.)
Ainslee Embree, ed., Sources of Indian Tradition, vol. 1 (revised pb. ed., 1988 and after)
Photocopy packet: purchase at N.K. Print & Design (denoted below as PHOCO). You will need to go to the library’s reserve desk (4th floor east), for the wonderful, prize-winning Historical Atlas of South Asia), of which there are three copies. Or see it on line.
Requirements: You may choose one from among three plans:
Plan I Plan II Plan III
Mid-term 50% Map exercise* 20% Map exercise* 25%
Final 50% Mid-term 40% Mid-term 25%
Final 40% 10-pp. paper or in-class
oral report** 25%
*See attached list of items for map exercise
**due last class day in class. Mid-term and final are based 50-50 on lectures and readings.
The entire class will vote on exam dates and formats.