History Department
History Department

Sundara Vadlamudi

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Sundara Vadlamudi


  • Office: GAR 3.102
  • Office Hours: WED: 2:00 - 4:00 PM and by appointment


Modern South Asia - religion, social reform, trading communities, and migration; Indian Ocean Studies


Sundar Vadlamudi's current research focusses on the history of Tamil-speaking Muslim maritime merchants between the late-18th and early-19th centuries. His project has received research and writing funding from the following sources: American Institute of International Studies (AIIS), Forum for European Expansion and Global Interactions (FEEGI), John Anson Kittredge Educational Fund, David L. Miller and Mary H. Miller Graduate Fellowship, Churchill Scholarship (British Studies), Dravidian Studies Award (Dept of Asian Studies), and Summer Research Fellowships (Dept of History). 

Sundar received his B.E. (Computer Science) from Thiagarajar College of Engineering (India) in 2000. He quit the IT industry after working for two years and obtained his M.A. (International Policy Studies) from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He worked for three years as a Researcher on security issues in South Asia prior to beginning his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2010, he obtained his M.A. (History) from the University of Texas at Austin.


HIS 307C • Intro To The History Of India

38385 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm GAR 1.126
(also listed as ANS 307C)

This course introduces students to the history of the Indian subcontinent from prehistoric times till the end of the twentieth century. We will explore a large span of history across time and space. Chronologically, we will discuss about 5000 years of history between 2500 BCE and 2000 CE. Geographically, we will survey the history of a vast region comprising the present day countries of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Our course will divide the subject in to three segments: ancient India, medieval India, and modern India. We will examine political, social, economic, and cultural themes within each period. Since this is an introductory survey course, we will cover important themes rather than specific details. At the end of the course, you will be able to,


  • Identify important historical personalities and key phases in Indian history
  • Comprehend changes in religious beliefs and emergence of new religions
  • Understand the relationship between economy, trade, and society
  • Situate India within developments in the larger world


The class will be in lecture format and will include some audio-visual aids.



The class will use a textbook and several articles and book chapters that will be posted on Blackboard. The book required for this course can be purchased from the University Coop or online.


Thomas R. Trautmann, India: Brief History of a Civilization. (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Barbara Metcalf and Thomas Metcalf, A Concise History of Modern India (Cambridge University Press, 2012) Third Edition.



Attendance:                                                                                         10%

Three in-class non-cumulative exams, 20% each exam:                      60%

3-4 page book review on any one novel due on last day of class:      10%

(the list of novels will be available after the 12th day of class)

Fortnightly assignments on readings. 100-125 word answers:           20%


A (90-100); B (80-89): C (70-79); D (60-69); F (0-59)

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