India: From Armistice to Independence 1918-1947

Ref: C3744410

In the aftermath of the First World War, Indian political groups increasingly sought greater autonomy from the Raj. We will explore why this occurred and how the factions became ever more antagonistic to each other, and to the British. How did the British react to protest ? What economic factors influenced the period? What was the role of the princes ? We will consider the impact of the Second World War as it was fought in Asia and how that influenced the independence movements of India. How was it that less than 40 years after the outcome of the First World War seemed to cement Britain's role as a world leader that she was forced to surrender her "Jewel" in a disorderly manner, and see India torn apart by religious strife?

Course aim

Introduction to the changing political climate in India after the First World War and growth of the independence parties. How the impact of the Second World War and its course in Asia impacted on both Indian and British perceptions of imperial rule.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • No skills or particular knowledge are required, though this course follows previous ones covering the earlier period of British involvement with India. The main requirement is an interest in the topic, and willingness to participate constructively in discussion.

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

  • Identify key moments or events in Indian history in the period between the end of WW1 and end of WW2
  • Name the principal political leaders involved in the independence movements.
  • Explain the significance of "passive resistance"
  • Explain how events of WW2 impacted on Indian and British politics

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?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • A range of informal activities will be used to see what you are learning, mainly via group and individual discussion. If you wish, you can produce a personal study project. Sharing ideas with the group from any reading you have found enjoyable or especially interesting.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Nothing is required, unless you wish to read relevant books or articles. you may also find TV documentary material useful and relevant. Most students like to bring a notebook and pen, to note key points, or book titles..

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

What can I do next?

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India: From Armistice to Independence 1918-1947


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