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Unit 14:  South Asian Independence

Photo of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) in 1942.  Gandhi was one of the leaders in the fight for South Asian independence from the British Commonwealth and one of the pioneers in the development of the idea of non-violent protest.  Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons.

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What you must do in this unit What you can do in this unit
  • Read Gandhi, Autobiography:  The Story of My Experiments With Truth (if you are going to submit the optional Gandhi paper).
  • Submit the Optional Gandhi paper.  If you don't understand why I call this an optional paper, take a look at the explanation of Assignments and Grading.
  • Submit a My Family and History paper that requires you to examine your family's history in light of the historical events of the past half century.  Point value is 100 points possible for a two-page paper (less for one page).
  • Listen to some further information about this unit as a mp3 file.  You can also read the information as a txt file.
  • 1989: The Walls Came Tumbling Down has material about the momentous events in Europe in 1989.
Some videos that you can watch for this unit Extra Credit Options
  • Take the short 5-point quiz for chapter 35. Log into Blackboard and look under "Chapter Quizzes." You have five minutes to complete each quiz (multiple-choice questions).
  • Watch Gandhi (Richard Attenborough, 1982) and assess the historical accuracy of the film in a one-page paper for a maximum of 50 points extra credit.
  • For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read Gandhi, Indian Home Rule (1909) and write a long paragraph in which you examine Gandhi's view of the British role in India.
  • For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read Pope Paul VI Populorum Progressio: Encyclical of Pope Paul VI on the Development of Peoples (March 26, 1967) and write a long paragraph examining the pope's "radical" view of development politics.
  • For extra credit of a maximum of 10 points, you can submit the answers to the Gandhi study questions.  Please write in formal, complete sentences.
  • For a maximum of 50 points, choose one of the famous quotes about the study of history--scroll down that page to find a list of quotes--(Get permission from your instructor first.) and write a one-page paper in which you explain who the author of the quote was, what he/she meant by the quote and then your evaluation of the quote's acuracy. (You can also use the material on these two links, Historians and Why we study history). Don't forget to cite your sources.
  • For 25 points of extra credit, contribute at least five photos to the Northern Virginia Digital History Archive.
  • For extra credit, please suggest a relevant website for this unit of the course.  Send the title of the site, the url and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.

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