Model Curriculum HISTORY (UG Courses)
May 2015 Telangana State Council of Higher Education
TELANGANA STATE B.A. HISTORY COMMON CORE SYLLABUS Paper – I: History and Culture of India (From the earliest to 1526 CE) Unit-I:
Definitions, Nature and Scope of History - History and Its Relationship with other Social Sciences - Geographical Features of India – Sources of Indian History – Pre-History – Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and Chalcolithic and Megalithic Cultures.
Indus Valley Civilization and Its Chief Characteristic Features - Early and Later Vedic Civilizations – Vedic Literature, Society, Economy & Political Organization – Religion – Mahajanapadas - Rise and Spread of New Religious Movements - Charvakas and Lokayathas, Jainism and Buddhism - Rise of Magadha and Nandas - Alexander’s Invasion and Its Impact.
Foundation of the Mauryan Empire, Ashoka and His Dharma - Mauryan Polity, Administration; Society – Economy - Religion; Art, Architecture and Sculpture; Literature - Disintegration of the Empire - Post-Mauryan Kingdoms - Indo-Greeks, Kushanas and Kanishka; Polity and Administration – Society – Economy - Art, Architecture, Culture, Literature - The Satavahanas, Sangam Age; Administration, SocietyEconomy, Trade, Commerce, Guilds and Urban Centres; Religion - Art and Architecture, Literature.
Gupta Empire: A Brief Political Survey - Polity and Administration, Social and Economic Conditions, Agriculture and Land Grants - Rise of Feudalism, Caste System, Position of Women, Education and Educational Institutions; Literature, Science and Technology, Art, Architecture, Sculpture and Fine Arts - Harsha Vardana and His Achievements.
Rise of Regional States: Pallavas, Chalukyas of Badami, Palas, Senas, Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas of Kalyani, Rajputs, Cholas - Polity and Administration, Society, Economy and Trade Guilds, Education and Literature; Growth of Vaishnava and Saiva Religions. Tamil Bhakti Movement; Institutions of Temple, Mathas, Agraharas - Art and Architecture. Religious and Cultural Conditions.
Arab Conquest of Sind, Ghaznavids and Ghoris - Foundation of Delhi Sultanate and Consolidation: Slave Dynasty - Khaljis, Tughlaqs, Sayyids and Lodis - Polity, Administration, Socio-Economic Conditions Agriculture, Industry, Trade and Commerce – Urbanization - Art and Architecture - Fine Arts, Growth of Education and Literature - Religious Conditions - Bhakti and Sufi Movements - Emergence of Composite Culture: Kakatiyas and Vijayanagara - Polity, Administration, Society and Economy, Art, Architecture - Fine Arts, Dance and Music - Education and Literature. 2
Recommended Books: A.L. Basham, The Wonder that was India. Allchin, Bridget & Raymond, The Rise of Civilization in India and Pakistan. E.H. Carr, What is History? Irfan Habib, Medieval India. K.A. Nilakanta Sastri, A History of South India. Majumdar, R.C., History and Culture of the Indian People, Vols. I, II & & III. Romila Thapar, Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas. Romila Thapar, Early India (From the earliest to AD 1300). Romila Thapar, History of India, Part-I. Satish Chandra, Medieval India (From Sultanate to the Mughals). Upinder Singh, A History of Ancient and Medieval India.
Telugu: A. Bobbili and others, Bharatha Desha Charitra upto A.D. 1526, Telugu Academy, Hyderabad, 2003. D.D. Kosambi, Bharatha Desha Charitra Parichaya Vyasalu, Hyderabad Book Trust, Hyderabad, 1996.