CBSE 11th Class History Syllabus

Course Structure

Parts/Units Topics Marks
1 Introduction to World History
Section A Early Societies 15
Unit - 2 Introduction
Unit - 3 From the Beginning of Time
Unit - 4 Early Cities
Section B Empires 20
Unit - 5 Introduction
Unit - 6 An Empire Across three Continents
Unit - 7 Central Islamic Lands
Unit - 8 Nomadic Empires
Section C Changing Traditions 20
Unit - 9 Introduction
Unit - 10 Three Orders
Unit - 11 Changing Cultural Traditions
Unit - 12 Confrontation of Cultures
Section D Paths to Modernization 20
Unit - 13 Introduction
Unit - 14 The Industrial Revolution
Unit - 15 Displacing Indigenous People
Unit - 16 Paths to Modernization
Map Work (Units 1 – 16) 5
Project Work 20
Total 100

Course Syllabus

1. Introduction to World History

Section A: Early Societies

Unit 2: Introduction

Unit 3: From the Beginning of Time

  • Focus: Africa, Europe till 15000 BC
    • Views on the origin of human beings
    • Early societies
    • Historians' views on present-day hunting-gathering societies

Unit 4: Early Cities

  • Focus: Iraq, 3rd millennium BC
    • Growth of towns
    • Nature of early urban societies
    • Historians' Debate on uses of writing

Section B: Empires

Unit 5: Introduction

Unit 6: An Empire across Three Continents

  • Focus: Roman Empire, 27 B.C to A.D 600.
    • Political evolution
    • Economic expansion
    • Religion
    • Late Antiquity
    • Historians' views on the institution of Slavery

Unit 7: Central Islamic Lands

  • Focus: 7th to 12th centuries
    • Polity
    • Economy
    • Culture
    • Historians' viewpoints on the nature of the crusades

Unit 8: Nomadic Empires

  • Focus: The Mongol, 13th to 14th century
    • The nature of nomadism
    • Formation of empires
    • Conquests and relations with other states
    • Historians' views on nomadic societies and state formation

Section C: Changing Traditions

Unit 9: Introduction

Unit 10: Three Orders

  • Focus: Western Europe, 13th-16th century
    • Feudal society and economy
    • Formation of states
    • Church and Society
    • Historians' views on decline of feudalism

Unit 11: Changing Cultural Traditions

  • Focus on Europe, 14th to 17th century

    • New ideas, and new trends in literature and arts

    • Relationship with earlier ideas

    • The contribution of West Asia

    • Historians' viewpoints on the validity of the notion 'European Renaissance'

Unit 12: Confrontation of Cultures

  • Focus on America, 15th to 18th century
    • European voyages of exploration
    • Search for gold; enslavement, raids, extermination
    • Indigenous people and cultures - the Arawaks, the Aztecs, the Incas
    • The history of displacements
    • Historians' viewpoints on the slave trade

Section D: Paths to Modernization

Unit 13: Introduction

Unit 14: The Industrial Revolution

  • Focus on England, 18th and 19th century

    • Innovations and technological change

    • Patterns of growth

    • Emergence of a working class

    • Historians' viewpoints, Debate on 'Was there an Industrial Revolution?'

Unit 15: Displacing Indigenous People

  • Focus on North America and Australia, 18th-20th century

    • European colonists in North America and Australia

    • Formation of white settler societies

    • Displacement and repression of local people

    • Historians' viewpoints on the impact of European settlement on indigenous population

Unit 16: Paths to Modernization

  • Focus on East Asia, late 19th and 20th century
    • Militarization and economic growth in Japan
    • China and the Communist alternative
    • Historians' Debate on the meaning of modernization

Unit 17: Map Work (on Units 1-16)

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