CBSE History Class 11 Syllabus

Course Structure

S.No. Units Marks
1. Introduction to World History
Section A: Early Societies 15
2. Introduction
3. From the beginning of time
4. Early Cities
Section B: Empires 20
5. Introduction
6. An empire across three continents
7. Central Islamic lands
8. Nomadic Empires
Section C: Changing Traditions 20
9. Introduction
10. Three orders
11. Changing cultural traditions
12. Confrontation of cultures
Section D: Paths to Modernization 20
13. Introduction
14. The Industrial Revolution
15. Displacing indigenous People
16. Paths to modernization
  Map work (units 1-16) 5
Project Work 20

1. Introduction to World History

Section A: Early Societies

2. Introduction

3. From the Beginning of Time

Focus: Africa, Europe till 15000 BC

  • (a) Views on the origin of human beings.
  • (b) Early societies.
  • (c) Historians’ views on present-day hunting-gathering societies.

4. Early Cities

Focus: Iraq, 3rd millennium BC

  • (a) Growth of towns.
  • (b) Nature of early urban societies.
  • (c) Historians’ Debate on uses of writing.

Section B: Empires

5. Introduction

6. An Empire across Three Continents

Focus: Roman Empire, 27 B.C to A.D 600.

  • (a) Political evolution
  • (b) Economic expansion
  • (c) Religion
  • (d) Late Antiquity.
  • (e) Historians’ views on the institution of Slavery.

7. Central Islamic Lands

Focus: 7th to 12th centuries

  • (a) Polity
  • (b) Economy
  • (c) Culture.
  • (d) Historians’ viewpoints on the nature of the crusades.

8. Nomadic Empires

Focus: the Mongol, 13th to 14th century

  • (a) The nature of nomadism.
  • (b) Formation of empires.
  • (c) Conquests and relations with other states.
  • (d) Historians’ views on nomadic societies and state formation.

Section C: Changing Traditions

9. Introduction

10. Three Orders

Focus: Western Europe, 13th-16th century

  • (a) Feudal society and economy.
  • (b) Formation of states.
  • (c) Church and Society.
  • (d) Historians’ views on decline of feudalism.

11. Changing Cultural Traditions

Focus on Europe, 14th to 17th century.

  • (a) New ideas, and new trends in literature and arts.
  • (b) Relationship with earlier ideas
  • (c) The contribution of West Asia.
  • (d) Historians’ viewpoints on the validity of the notion ‘European Renaissance’.

12. Confrontation of Cultures

Focus on America, 15th to 18th century.

  • (a) European voyages of exploration.
  • (b) Search for gold; enslavement, raids, extermination.
  • (c) Indigenous people and cultures – the Arawaks, the Aztecs, the Incas.
  • (d) The history of displacements.
  • (e) Historians’ viewpoints on the slave trade.

Section D: Paths to Modernization

13. Introduction

14. The Industrial Revolution

Focus on England, 18th and 19th century.

  • (a) Innovations and technological change
  • (b) Patterns of growth.
  • (c) Emergence of a working class.
  • (d) Historians’ viewpoints, Debate on ‘Was there an Industrial Revolution?’

15. Displacing Indigenous People

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

  • (a) European colonists in North America and Australia.
  • (b) Formation of white settler societies.
  • (c) Displacement and repression of local people.
  • (d) Historians’ viewpoints on the impact of European settlement on indigenous population.

16. Paths to Modernization

Focus on East Asia, late 19th and 20th century.

  • (a) Militarization and economic growth in Japan.
  • (b) China and the Communist alternative.
  • (c) Historians’ Debate on the meaning of modernization

17. Map Work on Units 1-16