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CBSE Class 12 History Syllabus 2017 – 2018

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    Themes in Indian History Part-I

    Units 1 - 4



    Themes in Indian History Part-II

    Units 5 - 9



    Themes in Indian History Part-III

    Units 10 - 15



    Unit 16 : Map Work



    Project work




    100 (Marks)

    220 (Periods)

    Note: There is no change in the syllabus. Value Based Question can be from Part-1, 2, 3 of textbooks and carry 04 marks. Accordingly teacher can reduce weightage of the corresponding section.

    Class 12: Themes in Indian History

    PART - I

    1. The Story of the First Cities: Harappan Archaeology.

    Broad overview: Early urban centres.

    Story of discovery: Harappan civilization

    Excerpt: Archaeological report on a major site.

    Discussion: How it has been utilized by archaeologists/historians.

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    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: Asokan inscription and Gupta period land grant.

    Discussion: Interpretation of inscriptions by historians.

    3. Social Histories: Using the Mahabharata

    Broad overview: Issues in social history, including caste, 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.

    4. A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa

    Broad overview:

    (a) A brief review of religious histories of Vedic religion, Jainism, Vaisnavism, Saivism.

    (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.

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    5. Agrarian Relations: The Ain-i- Akbari

    Broad overview:

    (a) Structure of agrarian 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 the text to reconstruct history.

    6. The Mughal Court: Reconstructing

    Histories through Chronicles

    Broad overview:

    (a) Outline of political history 15th-17th centuries.

    (b) 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 Padshahnama.

    Discussion: Ways in which historians have used the texts to reconstruct political histories.

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    7. New Architecture: Hampi (13)

    Broad overview:

    (a) Outline of new buildings during Vijayanagar period-temples, forts, irrigation facilities.

    (b) Relationship between architecture 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.

    8. Religious Histories: The Bhakti-Sufi Tradition

    Broad overview:

    (a) Outline of religious developments during this period.

    (b) Ideas and practices of the Bhakti-Sufi saints.

    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.

    9. Medieval Society through Travelers'


    Broad overview:

    Outline of social and cultural life as they appear in travelers' accounts.

    Story of their writings: A discussion of where they travelled, why they travelled, what they wrote, and for whom they wrote.

    Excerpts: from Alberuni, Ibn Batuta, Bernier.

    Discussion: What these travel accounts can tell us and how they have been interpreted by historians.

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    PART - III

    10. Colonialism and Rural Society: Evidence from Official Reports

    Broad overview:

    (a) Life of zamindars, peasants and artisans in the late 18th century

    (b) East India Company, revenue settlements and surveys.

    (c) Changes over the nineteenth century.

    Story of official records: An account of why official investigations into rural societies were undertaken and the types of records and reports produced.

    Excerpts: From Firminger's Fifth Report, Accounts of Frances Buchanan-Hamilton, and Deccan Riots Report.

    Discussion: What the official records tell and do not tell, and how they have been used by historians.

    11. Representations of 1857

    Broad overview:

    (a) The events of 1857-58.

    (b) 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.

    12. Colonialism and Indian Towns:

    Town Plans and Municipal Reports

    Broad overview: The growth of Mumbai,

    Chennai, hill stations and cantonments in the 18th and 19th centuries.

    Excerpts: Photographs and paintings. Plans of cities. Extract from town plan reports. Focus on Kolkata town planning.

    Discussion: How the above sources can be used to reconstruct the history of towns. What these sources do not reveal.

    13. Mahatma Gandhi through Contemporary (13)


    Broad overview:

    (a) The Nationalist Movement 1918 - 48.

    (b) The nature of Gandhian politics and leadership.

    Focus: Mahatma Gandhi in 1931.

    Excerpts: Reports from English and Indian language newspapers and other contemporary writings.

    Discussion: How newspapers can be a source of history.

    14. Partition through Oral Sources

    Broad overview:

    (a) The history of the 1940s.

    (b) Nationalism, Communalism and Partition.

    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.

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    15. The Making of the Constitution

    Broad overview:

    (a) Independence and the new nation state.

    (b) The making of the Constitution.

    Focus: The Constitutional Assembly debates.

    Excerpts: from the debates.

    Discussion: What such debates reveal and how they can be analyzed.

    16. Map Work on Units 1-15

    17. Project Work (10 periods)

    Please refer Circular for project work guidelines.

    Project work will help students:

    • To develop skill to gather data from a variety of sources, investigate diverse viewpoints and arrive at logical deductions.

    • To develop skill to comprehend, analyze, interpret, evaluate historical evidence and understand the limitation of historical evidence.

    • To develop 21st century managerial skills of co-ordination, self-direction and time management.

    • To learn to work on diverse cultures, races, religions and lifestyles.

    • To learn through constructivism-a theory based on observation and scientific study.

    • To inculcate a spirit of inquiry and research.

    • To communicate data in the most appropriate form using a variety of techniques.

    • To provide greater opportunity for interaction and exploration.

    • To understand contemporary issues in context to our past.

    • To develop a global perspective and an international outlook.

    • To grow into caring, sensitive individuals capable of making informed, intelligent and independent choices.

    • To develop lasting interest in history discipline.

    List of Maps

    Book 1

    1. P-2.

    Mature Harappan sites:

    Harappa, Banawali, Kalibangan, Balakot, Rakhigarhi, Dholavira, Nageshwar, Lothal, Mohenjodaro, Chanhudaro, Kot Diji.

    2. P-30.

    Mahajanapada and cities :

    Vajji, Magadha, Kosala, Kuru, Panchala, Gandhara, Avanti, Rajgir, Ujjain, Taxila, Varanasi.

    3. P-33.

    Distribution of Ashokan inscriptions:

    (i) Kushanas, Shakas, Satavahanas, Vakatakas, Guptas

    (ii) Cities/towns: Mathura, Kannauj, Puhar, Braghukachchha

    (iii) Pillar inscriptions - Sanchi, Topra, Meerut Pillar and Kaushambi.

    (iv) Kingdom of Cholas, Cheras and Pandyas.

    4. P-43.

    Important kingdoms and towns:

    (i) Kushanas, Shakas, Satavahanas, Vakatakas, Guptas

    (ii) Cities/towns: Mathura, Kanauj, Puhar, Braghukachchha, Shravasti, Rajgir, Vaishali, Varanasi, Vidisha

    5. P-95.

    Major Buddhist Sites:

    Nagarjunakonda, Sanchi, Amaravati, Lumbini, Nasik, Bharhut, BodhGaya, Shravasti, Ajanta.

    Book 2

    1. P-174.

    Bidar, Golconda, Bijapur, Vijayanagar, Chandragiri, Kanchipuram, Mysore, Thanjavur, Kolar, Tirunelveli, Quilon

    2. P-214.

    Territories under Babur, Akbar and Aurangzeb: Delhi, Agra, Panipat, Amber, Ajmer, Lahore, Goa.

    Book 3

    1. P-297.

    Territories/cities under British Control in 1857:

    Punjab, Sindh, Bombay, Madras Fort St. David, Masulipatam, Berar, Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Avadh, Surat, Calcutta, Daccan, Chitagong, Patna, Benaras, Allahabad and Lucknow.

    2. P-305.

    Main centres of the Revolt:

    Delhi, Meerut, Jhansi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Azamgarh, Calcutta, Benaras, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Agra, Avadh.

    3. P-305.

     Important centres of the National Movement:

    Champaran, Kheda, Ahmedabad, Benaras, Amritsar, Chauri Chaura, Lahore, Bardoli, Dandi, Bombay (Quit India Resolution), Karachi.

    Prescribed Books:

    1. Themes in Indian History, Part I, Class XII, Published by NCERT

    2. Themes in Indian History Part-II, Class XII, Published by NCERT

    3. Themes in Indian History Part-III, Class XII, Published by NCERT

    Note: The above textbooks are also available in Hindi medium.

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