‘Swaraj is my Birth Right’: India, Britain & Independence
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HWH72
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
We will explore the politics, activism and negotiating powers of key independence leaders such as Gandhi, Nehru and Jinnah as India moved towards self-rule, or swaraj. We will consider the uses of satyagraha (non-violent protests) and non-cooperation with British rule, including protest marches, strikes and boycotts of British goods; the roles played in Independence movements by Hindu and Muslim women; theories of social regeneration and the ‘untouchable’ castes; the emergence of a theory of India’s ‘Two Nations’; and the reasons for the foundation of Pakistan as a separate nation state. How did the British respond to such intense protests and boycotts, notably against the backdrop of two world wars?
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Week 1: The Raj, the early Indian National Congress & the foundation of the Muslim League
Week 2: Gandhi, the INC & satyagraha (non-violent protests)
Week 3: Women, the ‘untouchables’ & the Indian independence movement
Week 4: London Conferences, WW2, the Bengal Famine & Quit India Movement
Week 5: ‘Just Mr. Jinnah’: Muslims in India & the ‘Two Nations’ theory
Week 6: The Partition of India, the foundation of Pakistan & Gandhi’s assassination.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Explain the origins, purpose and tactics used by the INC and Muslim League
- Evaluate the significance of Gandhi’s strategies of non-violent resistance for the growth of INC membership & his influence over the independence movement
- Assess the ways in which women contributed to the independence movement
- Explain British responses to both public protests to riots
- Evaluate the significance of the ‘Two Nations’ theory and the reasons for the creation of the separate state of Pakistan -
- Assess the significance of the foundation of Pakistan for both India and the wider world.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
While it might be useful to have a very basic knowledge of the British in India, this is an introductory course and no prior knowledge of the independence movement is required. An open mind, and willingness to contribute to discussions and debates is all that is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught via interactive lectures, class discussions and debates. A Google Classroom will be available with optional book reading and articles. Further reading is encouraged to help you to get the most out of the course, but it is not mandatory.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Please bring a pen and notepad if you wish to make notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HWH75 Histories and memories of empire
HPC110 Rising powers: India
HPC106 Postcolonial nation building and Islam in South and Southeast Asia post-1945.