We will explore how the concepts of a state and a nation have changed since the 1500s, especially on the transition from multicultural empires (like the Mughal Empire) to the nation state (like India and Pakistan). We will seek to explore questions like why Empires have fallen, and why our world is divided into countries? As an example, we will talk about British rule in South Asia to understand its impact on South Asia and the development of nationalism in the subcontinent.
Define states and nations, and the way these concepts have developed over the last 500 years
Better understand British rule in South Asia and how it changed South Asian society and politics
Understand South Asian identities and nation-building;