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HIST3266 The British in India: From the East India Company to Partition (Part 2)

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The chronology, personalities and major events in the history of Britain’s relationship with the Indian subcontinent, as well as the latest historiographical debates surrounding their interpretation.
  • The wider political, diplomatic, military and social contexts informing the British relationship with the Indian subcontinent.
  • Key primary sources and literature, drawn from the history of the British in India, that provide evidence for historians of the British Empire.


For centuries, India was at the heart of Britain’s global empire, while the British presence there affected the lives of millions of people and had profound consequences for the entire subcontinent, the legacies of which are still with us today. This module explores the history of Britain’s long relationship with India and its people, from the dawn of British rule with the commercial and political activities of the East India Company, through the nineteenth-century heyday of the Raj, to the final days of British India under Lord Mountbatten which led to the partition of the subcontinent in the mid-twentieth century. In doing so, we will evaluate the various historiographical debates surrounding the British presence in India. And by focusing on primary sources – letters, journals and political documents, as well as images, literature and film – we will explore various facets of this history to understand better the motivations and perspectives of those involved.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The current intention is to deliver teaching for this module online. If circumstances allow, some form of blended delivery methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, or individual tutorials may be introduced if it is safe for all concerned to do so. However, delivery will remain entirely online if face to face teaching is not possible or advisable.

Independent Study252
Total study time300



MethodPercentage contribution
Timed Assignment 50%
Written assignment 50%
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