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Histories of Modern South and Southeast Asia


Admission requirements

No pre-requirements.


This course offers a comprehensive historical survey of South and Southeast Asia from the nineteenth century to the twentieth century. Key themes include: the character and dynamics of colonialism, colonial development of knowledge, the late-colonial economic structure, the emergence of nationalism, decolonization, including the partition of the British Raj.

Course objectives

This course offers participants a good survey of the facts and the historical debates concerning modern South and Southeast Asia. Participants are also trained in essay writing.


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Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Written examination (60 %)

  • Brief essay (40 %)

The final mark is made up of the essay (40 %) and the written examination (60 %). Separate marks given for both, final mark is the weighted average. There is a resit for the examination and an opportunity to submit a revised essay but only if the final mark is fail.



Reading list

A selection of chapters from:

  • Crispin Bates, Subalterns and Raj, South Asia since 1600 (London: Routledge, 2007).

  • M.C. Ricklefs and others, A new history of Southeast Asia (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.


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Dr.J.T.Lindblad and Prof.Dr. N.K. Wickramasinghe