HIS 340R • European Empires in Asia
This course covers the great age of European empires in the 19th and 20th centuries, when European powers established their rule over much of the rest of the world. We will look at British rule in India and the Malay peninsula, Dutch rule in Indonesia, French rule in Indochina, and American involvement in the Philippines and Vietnam. We will also look at relations between European and local peoples in terms of cultural contact, economic exploitation, and political domination, and the results of such relationships for both the Europeans and the Asians they ruled. The results, as we shall see, were far-reaching and are still with us today. We will also look at the 20th-century process of decolonization, as the old reasons for imperial domination lost their force, and as new national identities emerged in Asia.
Book reports, 25% each Mid term, 25% Final 25%
T. Metcalf, IDEOLOGIES OF THE RAJ B. Metcalf and T. Metcalf, INDIA: A CONCISE HISTORY DR Sardesai, SOUTHEAST ASIA: PAST & PRESENT D. Headrick, TOOLS OF EMPIRE A selection of novels for the book reports