British India

This is a 10-week seminar, starting February 20, 2017

Moderator:                Jim Harvey
Day and Time:         Monday 1:30-3:30 PM
Format:                      Seminar
Location:                   Smith College, Dewey Hall Common, Northampton
(parking permit required; provided to participants by moderator)

The purpose of this seminar is to explore the history and culture of India under British rule.

The British Empire extended British control around the globe.  One of its more important colonies was in India, sometimes called its “Crown Jewel”. The impact of British rule can be seen in India today – in its transportation, legal and education systems as well as the problem of Kashmir.

This seminar will look at the way Britain came to rule India, the way they ruled, and what India was like during that rule. We will become acquainted with some of the important figures that shaped events, particularly those involved in India’s Independence movement such as Gandhi, Nehru, Jinnah and Mountbatten. We will look in some detail at the wrenching events of the Partition and its impact on the subcontinent.

Role of participants:
Prepare and deliver a presentation of 30-40 min duration, participate in class discussion and read the background material.


About the Moderator:
Jim was born in India and has had a lifelong interest in the subcontinent. He taught in Pakistan for 5 years as well.