History Most Important Questions Part 3 For 2020 Exam

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  1. How do recent archaeological findings and Sangam literary texts enlighten us about the early state and society in South India?

  2. In what ways are the accounts of the Graeco Romans and the Chinese helpful in reconstructing the social history of India? How far is their information corroborated by other Contemporary sources?

  3. To what extent archaeological materials are useful in understanding the progress of Neolithic man in India?

  4. Describe the distinguishing features of important archaeological cultures-of the Indian subcontinent datable between c. 2000 B.C. and c. 500 B.C.

  5. Ancient Indians had no taste for historiography; their scholars cared more for religious, spiritual and philosophical studies. Indian historiography is essentially an Islamic heritage ‚Comment upon this statement with special reference to the contemporary writers and their works which help us in the reconstruction of history of the early medieval period of Indian history.

  6. Discuss the extent, settlement patterns and subsistence economy of the megalithic cultures.

  7. Give an appraisal of town planning of the Indus cities and evaluate the various reasons for their decline.

  8. Discuss the trade, cultural contacts and the extents of the Indus Civilization within and outside India and describe in detail any one of the Indus sites within India.

  9. Was India civilized before the advent of the Aryans? State briefly the extent and striking features of the earlier civilization, if any.

  10. How do your account for the decline of the major cities of the Indus Valley Civilization?

  11. The Indus Civilization had an abrupt end.‛ discuss the statement and explain how the Indus Civilization could influence Indian culture in its later history. 1988 60M

  12. Discuss the pattern of trade during the Indus Valley civilization. How for did it affect the nature of contemporary settlements in the Indian sub-continent? 1994

  13. “The continuity of the Indus Civilization into later ages was not confined to the religious and spiritual fields alone.” Analyse the statement. 1997 60M

  14. Analyze the elements of urban civilization in the harappan Culture. What factors were responsiblefor its decline? 2002 60

  15. Discuss the distribution and significance of farming cultures outside the Indus system.60 2008

  16. Evaluate the significance of seals and sealings in the reconstruction of socio-economic and religious life of the Harappan people. 2012 30M

  17. Discuss the water management and its conservation planning harappan (Indus-saraswathi) cities. 2013 20M

  18. Compare the economic, social and religious life of the Indus Valley (Harappan) people with that of the early Vedic people and discuss the relative chronology of the Indus and the early Vedic cultures.

  19. Discuss briefly the development of religious ideas and rituals in the Vedic age. Do they show any parallelism with the religion of the Indus Civilization?

  20. The Indus civilization did not have an abrupt appearance.’ Discuss the statement. How does the Indus civilization stand, in view of its geographical expansion and chronology, in relations to the Vedic civilization?

  21. Analyses the differences and similarities between Indus Valley and Vedic Cultures

  22. Trace the rise of Magadhan imperialism up to the times of the Nandas with particular reference to its policy towards the non-monarchical state. Discuss the factors that contributed to its success.

  23. Analyse the causes of the success of the Magadhan imperialism up to the reign of Ashoka the Great.

  24. Discuss the scientific and technological developments in ancient India.

  25. Trace the scientific and technological developments in India up to c. A.D. 750.

  26. Examine the proficiency of the ancient Indians in various crafts, science and mathematics.

  27. Bring out the regional variations in the early South Indian Temple’s architectural styles.

  28. Discuss the types of lands and the Science of agriculture mentioned in the literature and epigraphs of ancient India.

  29. Assess Ellora as a unique art centre of the different cultural streams.

  30. Assess the educational system in early India and identify important educational institutions of the period.

  31. Analyze the vibrant cultural activities in peninsular India during 550-750 CE. Compare and contrast it with the situation in contemporary North India.

  32. Examine sources of information for Mauryan dynasty. Throw light on historical significance of Ashoka’s inscriptions.

  33. Determine the extent of the Mauryan empire.

  34. Brief out the salient features of the religious development in the Post-Maurya period. How was contemporary art influenced by it?

  35. Furnish a critical and comparative account of various schools of art in the Post-Mauryan period (c. 200 B.C. – c. 300 A.D.)

  36. How justified are we in characterizing the post-Mauryan five centuries as the ‚Dark Period‛ of Indian History? Give reasons in support of your answer.

  37. How do recent archaeological findings and Sangam literary texts enlighten us about the early state and society in South India?

  38. Assess the status of women in India from c. 4th century BC to AD 6th century.60 2005

  39. Write what you know of the rise and spread of Buddhism before the first century A.D.60 2007

  40. Trace the development of urbanization from the third millennium B.C.E. to 6th century B.C.E. 60 2011

  41. What are the salient features of the administrative system of the Guptas ?

  42. Describe the expansion of the Gupta Empire under Samudragupta.

  43. Throw light on the condition of common man in the Gupta period.

  44. Give an account of the use of gold coins by commoners in the Gupta Period.

  45. Give an account of the struggle for supremacy in South India between the Chalukyas of Badami and the Pallavas. 2000

  46. Give an account of the rise of the Chalukyas of Vatapi and their struggle with other rulers. Write a note on their patronage of arts.60 2004

  47. Analyse the vibrant cultural activities in peninsular India during 550-750 CE. Compare and contrast it with the situation in contemporary North India. 2012

  48. What are the manifestations of Tamil devotional cults? How do you account for their growth between C. 750 and C. 1200 CE?60 2008

  49. How far can the village assemblies or communities under the Cholas be really called democratic.30 2009

  50. To what extent ‘monetary anemia’ afflicted the erstwhile commercial economy during the early medieval period? 2010

  51. Assess the contribution of the Cholas in the expansion of Indian culture outside India. 30 2011

  52. Achieving dominance in the south of the Vindbyas did not satisfy the ambitions of the Rashtrakutas, they also wanted to achieve dominance over the Gangetic PIains.”Elaborate and comment.

  53. Critically evaluate the contribution of Rashtrakutas to art and culture.

  54. Kalhan as a historian 2003

  55. Sufi Movements 2003

  56. Show that the administrative system in India reached a very high level during the Chola period.60 2007

  57. Attempt a critical essay of the Indian Science and Civilization in the light of Alberuni’s writings. What merits and drawbacks, do you find in his account? 2003

  58. Alberuni on science in India 2007 20

  59. What are the manifestations of Tamil devotional cults? How do you account for their growth between C. 750 and C. 1200 CE?60 2008

  60. Provide a comparative analysis of the development of Arabic and Persian historiography. 2010

  61. Evaluate Rajtarangini as asource of history.2012

  62. Evaluate the impact of the Sufi and Bhakti Movements on vernacular languages and life and thought of the common people. 2001

  63. The Sufi Movement and its role in promoting communal harmony 2000

  64. What impact did kabir and Nanak leave on Indian Society and Culture? 2003

  65. Discuss the growth of the Niguna School of Bhakti Movement emphasising the contribution of Kabir and Nanak to it.60 2004

  66. “The tenets of Hindu and Muslim mystics were similar enough that the ground was ripe for syncretic movements involving adherents of both religious.” Elucidate.60 2005

  67. Evolution of the Khalsa Panth

  68. The ‘Corps of Forty’ and its relations with the Sultan 2008

  69. Analyse the social composition and the role of mobility under the successors of Iltutmish. How did it affect the contemporary politics? 2012

  70. Form an estimate of the personality of Firoz Shah Tughlaq with special reference to his religious policy and public works.

  71. Assess the impact of the market reforms of Alauddin Khilji on contemporary economy and society.

  72. Identify the main factors that sustained the expansion of urban economy in the Delhi Sultanate.

  73. What is your assessment of Ibn Batutah’s Rehla as an important source of indian history.

  74. How did the Mongol invasions affect the Delhi Sultanate and the north-western frontier policy of the Delhi Sultans?

  75. What impact did kabir and Nanak leave on Indian Society and Culture?

  76. Discuss the growth of the Niguna School of Bhakti Movement emphasizing the contribution of Kabir and Nanak to it.

  77. “The tenets of Hindu and Muslim mystics were similar enough that the ground was ripe for synthetic movements involving adherents of both religious.” Elucidate.

  78. Give a critical assessment of the contributions of Amir Khusarau and Barani to Indo – Persian Literature.

  79. Discuss the social dynamics in the Vijayanagara Empire.

  80. During the reign of Jaliangir Mughal painting reached its zenith.

  81. Describe the Rajput policy of the Mughal emperors. Do you agree with the view that the reversal of Akbar‘s Rajput policy by Aurangzeb was responsible for the disintegration of the Mughal empire?

  82. Hemu vikramaditya

  83. The zenith of Mughal architecture under Shahjahan

  84. Babarnama as a source of history

  85. Consequences of the Third Battle of Panipat

  86. Explain the principal features of architecture during Akbar’s rule. What changes were made in them by Shahjahan?

  87. ‘Akbar built the Moghul Empire by enlisting the support Rajput’s.’ Do you agree?

  88. Was Din-i-Ilahi ‘a monument of Akbar’s folly’?

  89. In what ways were Aurangzeb’s Rajput and religious policies different from those of his predecessors? What were the consequences of the changes made by him?

  90. Write a short Essay on the development of Literature during Mughal Period.

  91. Mughal painting

  92. Akbar built the Mughal Empire by enlisting the support of the Rajput’s; Aurangzeb destroyed it by alienating the Rajput’s.” Discuss critically.

  93. Implications of Akbar’s notion of Sulh-i-kul.

  94. Give an estimate of Akbar as a promoter of technology.

  95. The major cause of revolts against the Mughal Empire during the latter half of the 17th century was economic, rather than religious.‛ Discuss.

  96. Discuss the different types of Karkhanas in Mughal India. How was the production organized in the different Karkhanas?

  97. Comment on the Turko-Mongol theory of sovereignty. To what extent was it adopted by Babur and Humayun

  98. Mughal paintings reflect the contemporary socio-political conditions. – Discuss

  99. Examine the mansab and jagir system by Akbar and its subsequent failure in the 18th century.

  100. Were the Marathas restricted by their geopolitical limitations from becoming the paramount power of India?

  101. The system of the collection of Chauth and Sardeshmukhi by the Maratha rulers.

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