Saturday, February 5, 2011


I. Feature of the Indus Valley Civilization –decline of the Indus Valley Civilization –
the Vedic Civilization – Sodas’a mahajanapadas – Buddhism and Jainism - The
rise and fall of the Maurya Empire : Asoka’s Dhamma – Imperial Guptas – Palas
and Senas of Bengal.
II. The establishment of the Delhi Sultanate - The Slave dynasty – the Khilji and
Tughluq Rulers – The administrative structure under the Sultanate – The
Vijayanagar Empire.
III. Disintegration of the Sultanate – Babar – the importance of his invasion of India –
Mughal – Afghan contest and Sher Shah Suri – Consolidation of the Mughal
empire under Akbar – Territorial expansion under Akbar.
IV. An overview of the reigns of Jahangir and Shahjahan – Aurangzeb’s expansionist
policies – conflict with the Marathas – Shivaji – Aurangzeb and the disintegration
of the Mughal empire.
V. Battles of Palasi and Buxer and the establishment of the Company’s rule in
Bengal – The Transfer of Diwani and its impact in Bengal – British expansion:
Mysore and Maharastra – subsidiary alliance – the doctrine of lapse –annexation
of the Punjab.
VI. Early resistance to the British rule-Wahabi and Farazi movements – Santal
Rebellion – The Revolt of 1857; Western Education and social reform-Rammohan
Ray, Young Bengal & Vidyasagar: Early stages of Indian nationalism – pre-
Congress associations – foundation of the Congress – the nature of the early
VII. The rise of Extremism in Indian Politics – Anti partition and Swadeshi movement:
Gandhi and Indian nationalism – Non- co – operation, Civil Disobedience, Quit
India Movement: Muslim League and the demand for Pakistan – Partition and
VIII. The French Revolution of 1789 – the Reign of Terror: Robespierre – the rise of
Napoleon Bonaparte – Napoleon’s internal reconstruction – Napoleon and Europe :
Expansion and collapse of the Napoleonic empire.
IX. The Vienna Congress (1815) – The Metternich System – The Revolutions of 1830-
1848: the unification of Germany and Italy.
X. Colonialism and the Scramble for Africa – Germany’s Welt Politik – Triple alliance
and Triple Entente – the origins of the First World War – Peace settlement of


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