A History of India

Ref: C3675307

The course will begin by looking closely at the affairs of northern India and make some assessment of the continuation of the Gurjara Rajput dynasties. We will analyse the character of the other regional kingdoms across India by the same period, including the emergence of Hoysala empire of the southern Deccan, the Kakatiya dynasty and the continuation and eventual decline of the Chalukya dynasties. We will also go on to look at the continuation, expansion and final decline of the Chola of the Tamil south, looking in detail at their administration and reasons for their extended prosperity. We will also consequently consider why no dynasty was able to create a single hegemony across the subcontinent, before making some detailed assessment of the emergence and importance of the Sultanate of Delhi and the subsequent later evolution of Hinduism, temple patronage as well as a sustained cultural Indian influence across the wider region of south-east Asia.

Course aim

This course will examine the later centuries of medieval India under the Chola, Hoysala and Kakatiya dynasties and their rivalries, and the subsequent rise of the Sultanate of Delhi. .

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Make an assessment of key reasons for the decline of the Chola Empire
  • Provide an outline of the rise of the Hoysala Empire
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the rise of the Sultanate of Delhi

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • India: A History J Keay (Harper Press 2010)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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A History of India


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