On August 15, 1947, the British Raj ceased to exist, and the two independent nations of India and Pakistan came into existence at midnight, displacing ten to twelve million people along religious lines and leaving a lasting legacy of intercommunal violence and distrust. In this study group, we will learn about India’s path from Mughal to British rule to independence by reading Barbara and Thomas Metcalf’s classic A Concise History of Modern India, 3rd edition (Cambridge University Press, 2012). We will give special attention to India’s Partition by also reading Midnight’s Furies by Nisid Hajari (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016). Based on new sources, the book seeks to unravel the truth behind one of the world’s most momentous and least understood tragedies. After 70 years, the division of the subcontinent into two rival nations has lost none of its immediacy or importance. The class will require 40-50 pages of reading each week and participation in informed discussion. Join us on The Road to Partition to increase your knowledge and understanding of this part of the world.