College of Arts and Science
Since the nineteenth century, the presence of imperial powers in Asia remade culture and politics. In the early twentieth century, underground revolutionary movements emerged throughout Asia to challenge the extension of empire and fight for the right to national self-determination. These transnational networks of thinkers, writers, politicians, artists and activists are central to the history of modern regions of East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. This course explores some of the key thinkers and revolutionary movements across Asia to understand the entangled histories of empire, nation, and rights in the early twentieth century. Some of the central concepts and themes in this course include sovereignty, nationalism, anti-colonialism, race, and pan-Asianism. Graded on A-F basis only.