Themes in Indian History Part-I
Unit 1 :The Story of the First Cities:Harappan Archaeology Broad overview
- King, Farmer and Towns [Video by Mayank Mishra KV CMM]
- Early urban centers [Video made by Mr. Bhupendra KV Bhubaneshwar]
- Story of discovery:
- Harappan civilization [Video made by Mr. Awadhesh]
- Archaeological report on a major site
- Discussion: How it has been utilized by archaeologists/historians
Unit 2 :Political and Economic History: How Inscriptions tell a story.
- Broad overview:
- Political and economic History from the Mauryan to the Gupta period Story of discovery:
- Inscriptions and the Decipherment of the script. Shifts in the Understanding of political and economic history.
- Excerpt: Ashokan inscription and Gupta period land grant [Video by Mayank Mishra KV CMM Jabalpur]
- Discussion: Interpretation of inscriptions by historians.
Unit 3 : Social Histories: Using the Mahabharata
- Broad overview:
- Issues in social history, including ca ste, class, kinship and gender
- Story of discovery:
- Transmission and
- publications of the Mahabharata
- Excerpt: from the Mahabharata, illustrating how it has been used by historians.
- Discussion: Other sources for reconstructing social history
Unit 4 :A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa Broad overview:
- a) A brief review of religious histories of Vedic religion, Jainism, Vaishnavism, Shaivism (Puranic Hinduism)
- b) Focus on Buddhism.
- Story of discovery: Sanchi stupa. Excerpt: Reproduction of sculptures from Sanchi.
- Discussion: Ways in which sculpture has been interpreted by historians, other sources for reconstructing the history of Buddhism.
Themes in Indian History Part-II
Unit 5 : Medieval Society through Travellers’ Accounts Broad Overview
- outlines of social and cultural life as they appear in traveller’s account.
- Story of their writings: A discussion of where they travelled, what they wrote and for whom they wrote.
- Excerpts: from Al Biruni, Ibn Battuta, Francois Bernier.
- Discussion: What these travel accounts can tell us and how they have been interpreted by historians.
Unit 6 : Religious Histories: The Bhakti-Sufi Tradition Broad overview:
- a. Outlineofreligious developments during this period saints.
- b. Ideas and practices of the Bhakti-Sufi
- Story of Transmission: How Bhakti-Sufi compositions have been preserved.
- Excerpt: Extracts from selected Bhakti-Sufi works.
- Discussion: Ways in which these have been interpreted by historians.
Unit 7 : New Architecture: Hampi broad over view:
- a. Outline of new buildings during Vijayanagar period-temples, forts, irrigation facilities.
- b. Relationshipbetweenarc hitecture and
- the political system
- Story of Discovery: Account of how Hampi was found.
- Excerpt: Visuals of buildings at Hampi
- Discussion: Ways in which historians have analyzed and interpreted these structures.
Unit 8 : AgrarianRelations:TheAin-i- Akbari Broad overview:
- a. Structureofagrarian relations in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- b. Patterns of change over the period.
- Story of Discovery: Account of the compilation and translation of Ain I Akbari
- Excerpt: from the Ain-i-Akbari.
- Discussion: Ways in which historians have used texts to reconstruct history.
Unit 9 : The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles Broad overview:
- a. Outline of political history 15th -17th centuries
- Discussion of the Mughal court and politics.
- Story of Discovery: Account of the production of court chronicles, and their subsequent translation and transmission.
- Excerpts: from the Akbarnama and Badshahnama
- Discussion: Ways in which historians have used the text store construct political histories.
Themes in Indian History Part-III
Unit 10 : Colonialism and RuralSociety: Evidence from Official Reports Broad overview:
- a. Lifeofzamindars, peasants and artisans in the late 18th century
- b. EastIndiaCompany, revenue settlements in various regions of India and surveys Changes over the nineteenth century
- Story of official records:
- An account of why official investigationsintoruralsocietieswere undertakenandthetypesofrecordsan dreportsproduced.
- Excerpts: From Fifth Report, Accounts of Frances Buchanan – Hamilton, and Deccan Riots Report.
- Discussion: What the official record s tellanddonottell, and how they hav e been used by historians.
Unit 11 : Representations of 1857 Broad overview:
- a. The events of 1857-58.
- b. VisionofUnity
- c. How these events were
- recorded and narrated. Focus: Lucknow
- Excerpts: Pictures of 1857.Extracts from contemporary accounts.
- Discussion: How the pictures of 1857 shaped British opinion of what had happened.
Unit 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.
- Excerpts: Photographs and paintings. Plans of cities. Extract from town plan reports.
- Focus on Calcutta town planning
- Discussion: How the above sources can be used to reconstruct the history of towns. What these sources do not reveal.
Unit 13 : Mahatma Gandhi through Contemporary Eyes Broad overview:
- a. TheNationalistMovement 1918 -48.
- b. ThenatureofGandhian politics and leadership.
- Focus: Mahatma Gandhi and the three movements and his last days as “finest hours”
- Excerpts: Reports from English and Indian language newspapers and other contemporary writings.
- Discussion: How newspapers can be a source of history.
Unit 14 : Partition through Oral Sources Broad overview:
- a. The history of the 1940s.
- b. Nationalism,
- Communalism and
- Focus: Punjab and Bengal
- Excerpts: Oral testimonies of those who experienced partition
- Discussion: Ways in which these have been analyzed to reconstruct the history of the event
Unit 15 : The Making of the Constitution an overview:
- a. Independenceandthen new nation state.
- b. Themakingofthe Constitution
- Focus: The Constituent Assembly Debates
- Excerpts: from the debates.
- Discussion: What such debates reveal and how they can be analyzed.