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The History of Capitalism in India

  • Course Level: Graduate; undergraduate with permission
  • Department: History, South Asian Languages & Civilizations, MAPSS
  • Year: 2021-22
  • Term: Autumn
  • Tues-Thurs 9:30-10:50 am
  • HIST 26805/36805, SALC 26805/36805, KNOW 36805
  • Elizabeth Chatterjee

This discussion-based, seminar-style course explores the trajectory of capitalism in India from the late colonial period to the present. How should we understand colonial India’s place in the global history of capitalism? What was the relationship between postcolonial economic planning and changing class politics in the decades after independence in 1947? Finally, has India begun to converge upon a global paradigm of neoliberalism since the 1980s? As part of this course, we will read classic texts of Indian political economy, analyzing how both the theory and practice of capitalism in the region challenge Western-centered histories. This course fulfills the elective requirement for a new MAPSS concentration on the Formation of Knowledge https://sifk.uchicago.edu/mapss/.