assignment is intended to provide a sense of the physical setting
over which the history of South Asia has unfolded. It will give
an appreciation of the topography, distances, cities, states, and
political boundaries of the British raj, the princely states of
India, and the nations of present-day South Asia. In this exercise,
students are encouraged to use J. Schwartzberg (ed), A Historical
Atlas of South Asia and Gordon Johnson (ed), A Cultural Atlas
of India as well as other atlases and reference works.
You are not obligated to complete this assignment on your own. You
may collaborate with each other in preparing your maps (but beware
of shared errors). Do not be concerned about the various spellings
of Indian names; after all, they were not originally written in the Roman script.
All items must be clearly labeled on the maps in block letters (not
number-keyed to a list in the margin) so that future reference is
easy for you and grading is easy for me. Grades will be based primarily
on accuracy and neatness, but artistic flourish and creativity will
also be considered.
The blank maps supplied in class are the ones that must be used.
Do not submit computer-generated designs. Please staple the two
maps together and be sure to put your name on every page.
Maps are due at the beginning of class on Monday 4 February.
Using a pastel color, shade all areas above 1500 ft (not meters).
Hindu Kush Mts.
|Bay of Bengal|
|Himalaya Mts. (show Mt. Everest)|
Kanya Kumari (Cape Comorin)
Fort St. George (Madras)
Fort William (Calcutta)
Note: You do not need to draw
the borders of the regions on Map II (they changed frequently during the period we are studying).
Instead, write the name of the region in the appropriate area of the Indian subcontinent.
Finally, on MAP II, lightly shade the areas of the Mughal Empire green, the Maratha lands yellow, and
the Sikh states red, circa 1700. (Clue: Maratha power had not yet expanded beyond the Western Ghats).