9:30 am to 12:30 pm
This is a longue-durée look at South Asia from the fall of the British Empire to the current period. It will traverse the region’s history from the independence and partition of British India into India and Pakistan, the creation of Bangladesh in 1971, the socio-economic struggles of South Asia’s postcolonial nations, their diverse experiences with democracy, and, not least, the role of religion in the region. South Asia is the most densely populated region on earth. It contains the largest Muslim population in the world, and is the poorest region according to the World Development Report. Ironically, it is one of the highest per capita spenders on military material. India and Pakistan have fought four wars and both have nuclear weapons. They were on opposite camps in the Cold War. This wide-ranging coverage will help us understand how the region got to where it is now—and we will conclude by analyzing what may lie ahead.
Registration for all Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars opens September 4, 2014.
For NTC registration information, please contact Charlotte Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.