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HI 304F / HI 354F
THE EMPIRE IN THE 'ORIENT': THE BRITISH IN ASIA, 1600-1858
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A Mackillop

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 3 or above.

Note(s): This module is available to students on all non-History degree programmes as a Discipline Breadth course for the enhanced study requirement. However, the admission of students with a non-History degree intention will be at the discretion of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy.

This course will be available in 2012/13 as HI 304F.

This course examines the development of English and, after 1707, British imperial interests in Asia. The approach is both chronological and thematic. It begins by charting the evolution of the English East India Company's mercantile operations in Asia and the development of what contemporaries believed to be a new, virtuous form of commercial empire. After 1750 the Company suddenly and unexpectedly began acquiring substantial territorial interests in India and these, together with rapidly evolving commercial contacts in the Persian Gulf, Indonesia and China, are discussed. The political and ideological repercussions of the crisis in expansion will be explored, as will be the important role of the Scots and the Irish. The final decades of the Company's power in India after the loss of its commercial monopoly in 1813 are charted, as are British efforts at reforming Indian society. The final theme is the 1857 Mutiny, the single most violent indigenous reaction to British rule, an event which revealed the considerable strengths and weaknesses of Britain's empire in Asia.

1 one-hour lecture and 1 two-hour seminar per week.

1st Attempt: 5,000 word essay (50%); 1,500 word review on a contemporary source (20%);
1,500 word report on class presentation (20%);
class participation (including attendance) (10%).

Resit: 5,000 word essay (50%); 1,500 review on contemporary source (25%); 1,500 word report in lieu of class presentation (25%).

All pieces of resit work must be on new subject matter.