Violence or Non-Violence? Gandhi and Popular Movements in India, 1915-1950: Context (HIH3168)

30 credits

This module will explore India's struggle for independence; the longest and most sustained anticolonial movement in history. It will examine the ideology and leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, and the equally important social, revolutionary and peasant-based movements of the period. You will be introduced to the influence of British constitutional initiatives, caste associations, political factions and prominent nationalist leaders in the independence movement. We will also discuss the part played by disparate, unorganized and, at times, violent popular and cultural movements in undermining colonial rule.