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History of Indian Civilization

A set of some 26 lectures, each around 45-50 minutes in length, on the history of Indian civilization from antiquity to 1947, originally delivered by Vinay Lal as an undergraduate course at UCLA in Winter 2012.
Vinay Lal is associate professor of history at UCLA [University of California, Los Angeles]. He writes widely on the history and culture of colonial and modern India, popular and public culture in India (especially cinema), historiography, the politics of world history, the Indian diaspora, global politics, contemporary American politics, the life and thought of Mohandas Gandhi, Hinduism, and the politics of knowledge systems.

Lal was born in India in 1961 and grew up in Delhi, Tokyo, Jakarta, and Washington, D.C. He spent four years in Tokyo, 1965–69, but has almost no memory of those years; and it is not until 1987 that he returned to Japan for a short visit, followed by a lengthier stay of four months in Osaka in 1999 when he was a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku)

The full syllabus for this course can be accessed by going to "Course Syllabi" on this page:

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Lal is a professor of History at University of California, Los Angeles. He writes on a wide variety of subjects for periodicals in the U.S., India and Britain. Some of his recent essays have been collected in The Poetics and Politics of Dissent: Essays on Indian History and Culture. Other publications include Empire of Knowledge: Culture and Plurality in a New Global Economy and the forthcoming History of History: The Career and Politics of a Form of Knowledge in Modern India. His talk will focus on the context and latent politicization of Gandhi's death.
Political Cultural History of Contemporary India,South Asia:
This is a set of twenty lectures on the political and cultural history of contemporary India (and South Asia more broadly, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and India's neighbors) by Professor Vinay Lal. These lectures constitute an upper-division undergraduate lecture course under nearly the same title at UCLA, taught in the spring of 2009. The course spans the history of India since the achievement of independence in 1947, and it begins with a brief survey of the last years of British rule in India, the attainment of independence and the partition of India, and the assassination of Gandhi on 30 January 1948. This is not intended as a straightforward or traditional lecture course on the political history of India since 1947, though, as expected, we discuss the advent of electoral democracy, pivotal developments such as the integration of the Indian states, the dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir, the creation of Bangladesh, the Sikh secessionist movement, the advent of neo-liberalization policies, and so on. But this course is also attentive to such considerations as the place of women in the pubic sphere, the women's movement in India, public and popular culture, popular Indian cinema (with a detailed analysis of the 1975 film, "Deewaar"), the rise of lower castes, and aspects of the rise of electoral democracy. All lectures are approximately 75 minutes in length; there are no power-point presentations.

The full syllabus for this course can be accessed by going to "Course Syllabi" on this page:


Vinay Lal - YouTubewww.youtube.com/user/dillichalo

The Strange & Beguiling Relationship of Pakistan & India:  http://www.vinaylal.com/RP/13.pdf
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