Rajasthan Board History Syllabus for Class 12

Rajasthan Board Syllabus for Class 12 History

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 historians.


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 decipherment of the script. Shifts in the

understanding of political and economic history.

Excerpt: Asokan inscription and Gupta 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 Mahabharat.

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.


Themes in Indian History Part-II



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

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



7. New Architecture: Hampi


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 Travellers’ Accounts


Broad Overview: Outline of social and cultural life as they appear in travellers’


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.


10. Colonialism and-Rural Society: Evidence from Official Reports


Broad overview : (a). Life of zamindars, peasants and artisans in the late 18 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 under taken 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

the18th and 19th century.

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 Eyes


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



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.


Map Work on Units 1-15


Prescribed books:


1. Themes in Indian History, Part I -NCERT's Book Published under Copyright

2. Themes in Indian History, Part II-NCERT's Book Published under Copyright

3. Themes in Indian History, Part III -NCERT's Book Published under Copyright


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