Ian Barrow has taught in the history department at Middlebury since 1998. He was born in Switzerland, grew up in England and then attended Wesleyan University (B.A.), the University of Virginia (M.A.), and the University of Chicago (Ph.D.). He teaches on South Asian history, imperialism, the East India Company and world history. He is currently writing a book on assassinations in South Asia, with a focus on the museums and memorials that have been established in honor of Mahatma Gandhi (died 1948), SWRD Bandaranaike (1959), Mujibur Rahman (1975), Ziaur Rahman (1981), Indira Gandhi (1984) and Rajiv Gandhi (1991). He is also researching the Indian coins of the East India Company that were minted between the 1750s and the 1850s. His two books, Surveying and Mapping in Colonial India and Making History, Drawing Territory: British Mapping in India, c. 1756-1905 were published by Oxford University Press in 2008 and 2003, respectively. He has won grants from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, the Fulbright Scholar program, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies, the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, the Social Science Research Council and the J. B. Harley Research Fellowship program. He has served as the history department chair, the director of South Asian Studies program, and the director of Middlebury's International Studies program.
Surveying and Mapping in Colonial Sri Lanka, 1800-1900, (Oxford University Press, 2008).
Making History, Drawing Territory: British Mapping in India, c. 1756-1905, (Oxford University Press, 2003).
‘Finding the Nation in Assassination: The Death of SWRD Bandaranaike and the Assertion of a Sinhalese Sri Lankan Identity,’ The Historian, Vol. 76, Issue 4, Winter 2014, 784-802.
'The many meanings of the Black Hole of Calcutta,' in Tall Tales and True: India, Historiography and British Imperial Imaginings, ed. by Kate Brittlebank, (Monash University Press, 2008) 7-18.
'The Colonial Transition: South Asia, 1780-1840,' co-written with Douglas E. Haynes, Modern Asian Studies (38:3, 2004), 469-478.
'India for the Working Classes: The Maps of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge,' Modern Asian Studies (38:3, 2004), 677-702.
'Surveying in Ceylon during the Nineteenth Century,' Imago Mundi (55, 2003) 81-96.
'From Hindustan to India: Naming Change in Changing Names,' South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies (XXVI, 2003) 37-49.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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FYSE 1440 / HIST 0429 - Mahatma Gandhi: Myth & Reality ▲
Mahatma Gandhi: Myth and Reality
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), known as the Mahatma or Great Soul, was both revered and despised. Lauded as the ‘Father’ of independent India, he was nevertheless blamed for its partition. Seen as the champion of Untouchables, he was distrusted by those he called the children of god. Characterizing himself as a Hindu reformer and an Indian nationalist, he was ultimately assassinated by a Hindu nationalist. Who was Gandhi and why was he opposed? In this seminar we will read primary and secondary sources to examine Gandhi’s ideas and actions, paying particular attention to the contradictions in his life. 3 hrs. sem. ) AAL CW HIS
Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015
HIST 0110 - Modern South Asia ▹
Modern South Asia
This course is an introduction to the history of South Asia. We will examine such events as the remarkable rise and fall of the Mughal empire (1526-1700s), the transformation of the once-humble English East India Company into a formidable colonial state (1700s-1858), the emergence of nationalist and anti-imperialist movements led by people such as Mahatma Gandhi and M.A. Jinnah (1858-1947), and the establishment and recent histories of the new nations of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Readings will include primary sources, history textbooks, historical novels, and newspaper articles. We will also watch at least one historical film. Pre-1800. 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL HIS
Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2016
HIST 0240 - History of Pakistan
History of Pakistan
This course is a political and cultural history of Pakistan. Topics to be discussed include: the pre-independence demand for Pakistan; the partitioning of India in 1947; literary and cultural traditions; the power of the army in politics; the civil war that created Bangladesh; the wars with India; the wars in Afghanistan; the rise of Islamist parties and militant groups; the significance of the Taliban and al Qaeda; and Pakistan's relations with the US, China and India. Readings will include histories, autobiographies, novels, and newspaper and magazine accounts. Several documentary films will also be shown. 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL HIS
Fall 2012, Fall 2013
HIST 0369 - East India Company ▹
The East India Company
In this course you will be introduced to the English East India Company, from the 17th-century until its dissolution in 1858. Much of our focus will be on the Company’s presence in India, and we will pay particular attention to its transformation from a maritime trading company into a territorial colonial state. We will read a number of controversial texts from the period, immerse ourselves in the worlds of Company and Indian politics, and do guided research using holdings in Middlebury’s Special Collections. Topics will include the rise of the Company as a trading concern, its aggressive competition with other European trading monopolies and South Asian kingdoms, and the importance of opium in its dealings with China. We will end with a discussion of the Indian rebellion of 1857. (Not open to students who have taken FYSE 1308 or HIST 1009) AAL HIS
Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2016
HIST 0427 - Diaspora & Trans-nationalism
Diaspora and Trans-nationalism
In this course we will explore the global flow of people across national boundaries in the modern era. During the first part of the course we will examine the major theoretical frameworks of transnational migration and diasporas by reading the works of writers such as Hannah Arendt, Edward Said, and W. E. B. Dubois. We will focus on the social and cultural processes that pose challenges to the traditional hegemony of the nation-state, and examine the political and economic relations of diaspora communities to homeland. In the second half of the course we will study how organic intellectuals, performers, and other artists from all across the Atlantic world agitated to transform the social dynamics within the political, linguistic, and geographical boundaries of their new home while re-imagining new relations with the place they once called home. Students will choose a research topic on a diaspora community of their interest and be required to make direct contact with the communities we study. 3 hrs. sem. (formerly HIST 0413) AAL CMP HIS
HIST 0500 - Special Research Projects ▲ ▹
Special research projects during the junior year may be used to fulfill the research seminar requirements in some cases. Approval of department chair and project advisor is required.
Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016
HIST 0600 - History Research Seminar ▲
History Research Seminar
All history majors who have not taken a writing and research seminar are required to take HIST 0600 in their junior fall or, if abroad at that time, their senior fall semester. In this course, students will conceive, research, and write a work of history based on primary source material to the degree possible. After reading and discussion on historical methods and research strategies, students will pursue a paper topic as approved by the course professors. HIST 0600 is also open to International Studies and Environmental Studies majors with a disciplinary focus in history. 3 hr. sem
Fall 2012, Fall 2015
HIST 0700 - Senior Independent Study ▲ ▹
The History Senior Thesis is required of all majors. It is written over two terms, with the final grade applying to both terms. The project is generally begun in the fall and completed during winter or spring. Approval is required to begin the thesis in winter or spring, and such students must still attend the Thesis Writer's Workshops that take place in fall and winter.
Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016