A History of India

Ref: C3676420

The course will begin by looking closely at the affairs of northern India and make some assessment of the continuation of the Rajput dynasties, as well as the development and transformation of the Sultanate of Delhi during the later 13th century. We will analyse the character of the other regional kingdoms across India by the same period, including the development and final decline of Hoysala empire of the southern Deccan, and the the Kakatiya dynasty, as well as the emergence of the Karnata Empire following the decline of the Pandyas. We will also go on to look at the appearance and later resurgence of the Reddi kingdom, its culture and literature. We will also consequently consider why no dynasty was able to create a single continuous hegemony across the subcontinent, despite the establishment of larger states. We will also examine 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

The later centuries of medieval India under the Karnata, Yadava and Rajput realms, and growth of the Reddi kingdom against the Indian Sultanates, is a story of ambition, passion and vengeance that still inspires the popular culture of India today.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Some familiarity with early Indian history is advisable.

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

  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the Hoysala kingdom
  • Provide an account of the dynastic changes within the Sultanate of Delhi
  • Outline the development of the Karnata Empire in the early 14th century
  • Explain the significance of the Reddi Empire

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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