History Class 11 Syllabus
||Introduction to World History
|Section A: Early Societies
||From the beginning of time
|Section B: Empires
||An empire across three continents
||Central Islamic lands
|Section C: Changing Traditions
||Changing cultural traditions
||Confrontation of cultures
|Section D: Paths to Modernization
||The Industrial Revolution
||Displacing indigenous People
||Paths to modernization
||Map work (units 1-16)
1. Introduction to World History
Section A: Early Societies
3. From the Beginning of Time
Focus: Africa, Europe till 15000 BC
- Views on the origin of human beings.
- Early societies.
- Historians' views on present-day hunting-gathering societies.
4. Early Cities
Focus: Iraq, 3rd millennium BC
- Growth of towns.
- Nature of early urban societies.
- Historians' Debate on uses of writing.
Section B: Empires
6. An Empire across Three Continents
Focus: Roman Empire, 27 B.C to A.D 600.
- Political evolution
- Economic expansion
- Late Antiquity
- Historians' views on the institution of Slavery
7. Central Islamic Lands
Focus: 7th to 12th centuries
- Historians' viewpoints on the nature of the crusades
8. Nomadic Empires
Focus: the Mongol, 13th to 14th century
- The nature of nomadism
- Formation of empires
- Conquests and relations with other states
- Historians' views on nomadic societies and state formation
Section C: Changing Traditions
10. Three Orders
Focus: Western Europe, 13th-16th century
- Feudal society and economy
- Formation of states
- Church and Society
- Historians' views on decline of feudalism
11. Changing Cultural Traditions
Focus on Europe, 14th to 17th century.
- New ideas, and new trends in literature and arts.
- Relationship with earlier ideas
- The contribution of West Asia.
- Historians' viewpoints on the validity of the notion 'European Renaissance'.
12. Confrontation of Cultures
Focus on America, 15th to 18th century.
- European voyages of exploration.
- Search for gold; enslavement, raids, extermination.
- Indigenous people and cultures - the Arawaks, the Aztecs, the Incas.
- The history of displacements.
- Historians' viewpoints on the slave trade.
Section D: Paths to Modernization
14. The Industrial Revolution
Focus on England, 18th and 19th century.
- Innovations and technological change
- Patterns of growth.
- Emergence of a working class.
- Historians' viewpoints, Debate on 'Was there an Industrial Revolution?'
15. Displacing Indigenous People
Focus on North America and Australia, 18th-20th century.
- European colonists in North America and Australia.
- Formation of white settler societies.
- Displacement and repression of local people.
- Historians' viewpoints on the impact of European settlement on indigenous population.
16. Paths to Modernization
Focus on East Asia, late 19th and 20th century.
- Militarization and economic growth in Japan.
- China and the Communist alternative.
- Historians' Debate on the meaning of modernization
17. Map Work on Units 1-16