History Class 12 Syllabus

The syllabus consists of 15 units divided into three parts. Theory paper is of 80 marks and 3 hours duration.

Course Structure

Unit  Topic / Chapter Marks 
  Themes in Indian History Part - I 24
1 The Story of the First Cities: Harappan Archaeology  
2 Political and Economic History: How Inscriptions tell a story  
3 Social Histories: using the Mahabharata  
4 A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa  
  Themes in Indian History Part - II 25
5 Medieval Society through Travellers' Accounts  
6 Religious Histories: The Bhakti-Sufi Tradition  
7 New Architecture: Hampi  
8 Agrarian Relations: The Ain-i-Akbari  
9 The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles  
  Themes in Indian History Part - III 26
10 Colonialism and Rural Society: Evidence from Official Reports  
11 Representations of 1857  
12 Colonialism and Indian Towns: Town Plans and Municipal Reports  
13 Mahatma Gandhi through Contemporary Eyes  
14 Partition through Oral Sources  
15 The Making of the Constitution  
  Map Work 5
  Project Work (Internal Assessment) 20
  Total 100

Themes in Indian History Part - I

1. The Story of the First Cities: Harappan Archaeology

Early urban centres.

2. Political and Economic History: How Inscriptions tell a story

Political and economic history from the Mauryan to the Gupta period.

3. Social Histories: Using the Mahabharata

Issues in social history, including caste, class, kinship and gender.

4. A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa

  • A brief review of religious histories of Vedic religion, Jainism, Vaisnavism, Saivism (Puranic Hinduism).
  • Focus on Buddhism.

Themes in Indian History Part - II

5. Medieval Society through Travellers' Accounts

Outlines of social and cultural life as they appear in traveller's account

6. Religious Histories: The Bhakti-Sufi Tradition

  • Outline of religious developments during this period saints.
  • Ideas and practices of the Bhakti-Sufi

7. New Architecture: Hampi

  • Outline of new buildings during Vijayanagar period-temples, forts, irrigation facilities.
  • Relationship between architecture and the political system.

8. Agrarian Relations: The Ain-iAkbari

Structure of agrarian relations in the 16th and 17th centuries. Patterns of change over the period.

9. The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles

  • Outline of political history 15th - 17th centuries.
  • Discussion of the Mughal court and politics.

Themes in Indian History Part - III

10. Colonialism and Rural Society: Evidence from Official Reports

  • Life of zamindars, peasants and artisans in the late 18th century
  • East India Company, revenue settlements in various regions of India and surveys Changes over the nineteenth century

11. Representations of 1857

  • The events of 1857-58.
  • Vision of Unity.
  • How these events were recorded and narrated.

12. Colonialism and Indian Towns: Town Plans and Municipal Reports

History of towns in India, colonization and cities, hill stations, town planning of Madras, Calcutta and Bombay.

13. Mahatma Gandhi through Contemporary Eyes

  • The Nationalist Movement 1918 - 48.
  • The nature of Gandhian politics and leadership.

14. Partition through Oral Sources

  • The history of the 1940s.
  • Nationalism, Communalism and Partition.

15. The Making of the Constitution

  • Independence and the new nation state.
  • The making of the Constitution.