HIS202 | History II

Course Information

  • 2020-21
  • HIS202
  • 5-Year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)
  • II
  • Mar 2021
  • Core Course

This course offers an elementary account of the impact of colonialism on Indian society and economy in a period spanning between the mid-eighteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. Colonial rule was founded upon the notion that Indian society was backward, primitive, and superstitious. The ‘civilizing’ mission of colonialism thus revolved around two central aspects – the reformation of Indian society and the modernization of colonial economy. It must be remembered that for colonial rule to be successful, it had to be officially administered via strict rules and regulations. Indeed, the introduction of colonial law was intimately tied to the idea of “good governance”. Using this overarching framework as context, we will be analysing the nature of colonial rule in the period under review. Did colonialism truly bring positive changes in Indian society and economy? How did colonial policies affect different population groups? Did the new legal system manage to abolish existing customs and practices? What was the nature of nationalist resistance? Historians of modern India have written extensively on the topic; the object of this course is to discuss different historiographies with a view to understand the multiform tactics employed by the colonial government to organise, manage, and govern the colonial population. It will also attend to the nature of “native resistance” that such systems of rule routinely generated. The lectures have been designed thematically but it loosely follows a chronological order as well.


Dr. Anwesha Ghosh

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences

Nitya Gundu

Visiting Faculty | Term I & III