CIV EARLY INDIA
This course surveys the history, culture and religion of the Indian Subcontinent, starting with the archaeological evidence from the Indus Valley Civilization in the third millennium B.C.E. and ending with the period preceding the cultural and political ascendancy of Islam in the thirteenth century. Lectures, readings and section discussions will introduce to the great geographic, ethnic and linguistic diversity of South Asia, outline the shifting political formations including the emergence of the subcontinent's great empires, and engage with India's religious, literary, artistic and philosophical movements. This multifaceted history has fashioned India into a uniquely rich and endlessly fascinating world civilization, which—despite many ruptures and innovations—persists with remarkable continuity to the present day.
The course is open to all interested students and is required for those majoring or minoring in South Asian Studies. It introduces to many central themes and questions in the study of India and prepares students for further courses on South Asia and its cultural, literary and religious history.
India: Brief History of a Civilization by Thomas R. Trautmann, Oxford University Press, ISBN: 9780199736324