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This subject will explore key themes in the political and socio-economic history of Asia (except China, as these themes are covered by HIST252) since the late 19th century. It examines the impact of colonialism, nationalist/revolutionary movements, military conflict, political developments and socio-economic change. It also examines patterns of transitions in Asian societies and cultures. Emphasis is placed on the development of modern Asian states through de-colonisation, war, economic development and circumstances leading to the rise of the ‘Asian Century’ by 2000. The subject will help students understand Asia better by showing the relevance of historical events for the 21st century.