South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Rupali Warke

PhD candidate



ANS 346M • Early Modern India-Wb

32660 • Spring 2021
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM
Internet; Synchronous
GC (also listed as HIS 346M)

This course introduces students to the history of the Indian subcontinent from approximately 1500 to 1750. In this period substantial part of South Asia was ruled by the Mughals, whose splendor introduced the word ‘mogul’ to the English language. The Mughal empire declined in the early 1700s and was gradually replaced by the British from 1750 onwards. We will study the political formations of the Mughals and other regional dynasties, cultural, religious, and socio-economic history of this period. Along with secondary scholarly works, students will engage with primary sources such as memoirs of the prominent royal women, and the stories told by awe-struck European visitors. The class will induce students to analyze and evaluate primary sources and encourage a critical reading of history.


Learning Objectives:

  • To familiarize students with geography, prominent personalities, chronology, basic concepts, and the highlights of the history of South Asia.
  • To encourage the critical reading of history.
  • To teach how to read, analyze, and differentiate between the primary and secondary sources.
  • To encourage the students to reflect on how history is remembered.



1 Catherine Asher and Cynthia Talbot, India Before Europe, Cambridge, 2006.


  1. Ruby Lal, Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World, Cambridge, 2005.


  1. Gulbadan Begam, The History of Humayun, translated by Annette Beveridge, 1902 (available online at


  1. Jahangir, The Jahangirnama: Memoirs of Jahangir, Emperor of India, translated by Wheeler
  2. Thackston,1999.


  1. Sumit Guha, “The Mughal India: economy, resources, and governance” In Oxford Handbook of the Mughal World, edited by Richard Eaton and Ramya Sreenivasan, 2020.



Participation                     20% (including quizzes, short response papers, and class participation) Essay 1                              20% (6-8 pages)
Essay 2                              20% (6-8 pages)
Film review                       10% (3-4 pages)

Final essay                         30% (8-10 pages)

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