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                  1. Department of History

                  1. Four Year B.A Honours Course

Effective from the

Session : 2009–2010

National University

Syllabus for Four Year B. A Honours Course

Subject: History
  1. Effective from the Session: 2009-2010

Third Year (Honours)

Course Code

Course Title




History of Bengal, 1765-1905




History of South Asia, 1757-1857




History of West Asia, 1560-1914




History of United States, 1776-1860




History of England, 1485 to 1945




History of Africa Since Colunial Period




History of Europe, 1453-1815




Far East and South-East Asia in Modern Times




Political and Cultural History of Islam up to 1258



Total =



Course Code


Marks: 100

Credits: 4

Class Hours: 60

Course Title:

History of Bengal 1765-1905

1. Acquisition of Dewani by the East India Company and the Dual Administration.

2. Consolidation of British Rule :

(a) Warren Hastings: Administrative & Judicial system.

(b) Lord Cornwallis: Land Revenue, The Permanent Settlement, Judicial Reforms

3. Movements against the British during the company’s rule.

Fakir-Sanyasi Revolt.

Rangpur Revolt

Revolt of Balki Shah

Aga Mohammad Reza

Paglapanthi Revolt

Santal Revolt

Chakma rising

Revolt of Titumir

4. Faraizi and Wahabi movement

5. Western Education: the Anglicist- Orientalist debate

6. Bengal Renaissance: Raja Rammohan Roy, The Young Bengal Movement, Hindu Widow

Remarriage Act.

7. Political consciousness during the British rule and foundation of associations : Zamindars Association, Bengal British India Society, British India Association, Anjumane Islamia and India Association.

8. (a) Indigo revolt: its origin and importance (b) Pabna Revolt, 1873.

9. Nawab Abdul Latif and Syed Amir Ali.

10. Act of 1859 and the Tenancy Act, 1885

11. Partition of Bengal (1905): background. Arguments for the Partition of Bengal.

Implementation of the partition scheme.

Suggested Readings:

1. Ramsay Muir : The Making of British India.

2. N. Chaterji : Bengal under the Dewani Administration

3. K. M. Mohsin : A Bengal District in Transition (1965-1793)

4. Sirajul Islam : The Permanent Settlement in Bengal.

5. A. N. Chandra : The Sannyasi Rebellion.

6. Muinuddin Ahmed Khan : A History of Faraizi Movement in Bengal.

7. Blair Kling : The Blue Mutiny.

8. Sufia Ahmed : Muslim Community in Bengal 1884-1912.

9. Nurul H. Choudhury : Peasant Radicalism in Nineteenth

Bengal : The Farazi, Indigo and

Pabna Movement

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Course Code


Marks: 100

Credits: 4

Class Hours: 60

Course Title:

History of South Asia 1757-1857

  1. The Rise of the English power in Bengal

  2. Clive’s second Governorship of Bengal 1765-67

  3. Warren Hastings (1772-85): administrative and judicial reforms and policy of expansion

  4. Experiments on land revenue system 1765-1993

  5. Administrative reforms of Cornwallis, 1786-93

  6. Lord Wellesley, 1798-1805

  7. Mysore under Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan

  8. Lord Hastings and establishment of British Paramountcy in India

  9. William Bentinck, 1828-35

  10. Lord Dalhousie, 1848-56

  11. Constitutional development: Regulating Act and the Charters Acts

  12. Impact of East India Company’s rule on administrative and agrarian structure, traditional industries, judiciary and education.

  13. The Great Revolt (Sepoy Mutiny) of 1857: its causes, nature.

Suggested Readings:

1. Sumit Sarker : Modern India

2. P. E. Roberts : History of British India

3. K. K. Aziz : British and Muslim India

4. P. Spear : The Oxford History of Modern India 1740-1947

5. Gurmak Nihal Singh : Constitutional History of India (1740-1947)

6. E. Muir : The Making of British India

6. V. D. Mahajon : Modern Indian History

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Course Code


Marks: 100

Credits: 4

Class Hours: 60

Course Title:

History of West Asia 1560-1914

  1. Ottoman dynasty: decline and attempts at revival

  2. Reforms of Salim II (1566-1574)

  3. Later Ottoman Empire: reforms of Abdul Hamid I, Sultan Selim III

  4. Mahmud II (1808-1839), the Greek War of Independence, relations with Muhammad Ali Pasha of Egypt.

  5. Abdul Majid (1839-1861) and the beginning of the Tanjemat,

  6. Sultan Abdul Hamid II: (a) Constitutional Movement (b) Young Turk Movement.

  7. The Ottoman Institutions, society and culture

  8. Egypt: (a) the French occupation, French administration, its importance and, (b) Mohammad Ali Pasha, reforms and foundation of modern Egypt.

  9. Egypt under the Khedives: Khedive Ismail, European crisis over Egypt

  10. Khedive Mohammad Tawfique, political instability in Egypt, British occupation of Egypt and Sudan (1882)

  11. Egypt under the British occupation: nature of British Rule, British administration in Egypt, Nationalist Movement in Egypt upto 1914

  12. The decline of Kaisar dynasty in Iran.

Suggested Readings:

1. P. Sykes : History of the Middle East

2. George E. Kirk : A short History of Middle East

3. Jacob : History of the Ottoman Empire

4. Philips Price : A History of Turkey (from
Empire to Republic)

5. Yahya Armyani : Middle East Past and Present.

6. A. H. Hourani : The Emergence of the Modern
Middle East

7. A. S. Marsat : A Short History of Modern Egypt.

8. Nikshoy Ghattori Chattoryi : A History of Modern Middle East.

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Course Code


Marks: 100

Credits: 4

Class Hours: 60

Course Title:

History of United States 1776-1860

  1. Background of the American Revolution and Paris Peace Treaty (1783)

  2. Confederation Era: The Articles of Confederation, its Failure

  3. The Philadelphia Convention (1787) and the main features of the US constitution of 1789

  4. Administration of George Washington, reforms of Hamilton, the Secretary of Treasury.

  5. Foreign policy of the Federalists, rise of political Parties.

  6. Republican Era: administration of Thomas Jefferson and his Democratic Ideals, War of 1812, background and effects, Monroe Doctrine (1823) and its impact.

  7. Westward Expansion: causes and Historical Significance

  8. Administration of Andrew Jackson: democratic ideals and administrative policy

  9. Mexican-American War (1848) : causes and effects.

Suggested Readings:

1. Hicks & Mowry : A Short History of American Democracy

2. Morrison & Commager : The Growth of the American Republic

3. H. B. Parkes : The United States of America- A History

4. Nevins and Commager : A Short History of United States

5. Remis : The Diplomatic History of the United States

6. Reard & Beard : The Rise of the American Civilization, vol. I & II.

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Course Code


Marks: 100

Credits: 4

Class Hours: 60

Course Title:

History of England, 1485 to 1945

  1. War of Roses and the foundation of Tudor dynasty.

  2. Henry VIII: restoration of royal power, king and parliament, relation with Ireland, commercial policy, foreign policy.

  3. Henry VIII: administrative system, conflict with Pope and English Reformation, abolition of monastery, relation with Parliament, Irish policy, foreign policy.

  4. Elizabeth: Church Settlement, relation with Parliament, foreign policy, Irish policy.

  5. James I: Administrative measures, religious policy, relation with Parliament.

  6. Charles I: Religious policy, relation with Parliament, “Eleven Years Tyranny”, foreign policy, Long Parliament, the beginning of Civil War and constitutional experiments under Cromwell.

  7. Restoration and Charles II: Restoration settlement, domestic policy, foreign policy, relation with Parliament.

  8. James II: Glorious Revolution, (1688) its causes and results

  9. George I and George II: Robert Walpole, his economic reforms, Pitt the Elder, Jacobite risings.

  10. Industrial Revolution: Definition, causes and results.

  11. American was of Independence: causes and results.

  12. England, the French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte

  13. Parliamentary reform: Reform Act of 1832 and the Chartist Movement.

  14. Benjamin Disraeli: Disraeli as a conservative politician.

  15. William Edward Gladstone: reforms, Irish policy, foreign policy.

  16. Parliamentary Act of 1911

  17. Britain and the two World Wars.

Suggested Readings:

  1. Adams, G. Burton : Constitutional History of England

  2. Brett. S. Reed : British History 1485-1688

  3. ___________ : British History 1603-1785

  4. Keir, Sir David Lindsay : The Constitutional History of Modern Britain Since 1485

  5. Lockyer Roger : Tudor and Stuart Britain 1471-1714

  6. Tanner, J. R. Tudor : Constitutional Documents, 485-1603

  7. ________________ : English Constitutional Conflicts of the Seventeenth Century 1603-1689

  8. Trevelyan, G. M : England under the Stuarts

  9. Green, V. H. H : The Hanoverians 1783-1939.

  10. Muir, Ramsay : A Short History of the British Commonwealth, vol. I & II

  11. Rovertson, Sir

Charles Grant : England under the Hanoverians

  1. J. A. R. Marriott : England Since Waterloo

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Course Code


Marks: 100

Credits: 4

Class Hours: 60

Course Title:

History of Africa Since Colonial period

  1. Pre-colonial Africa: ancient and medieval Period

  2. Geography, climate, resources and geo-political importance of Africa.

  3. The Scramble for Africa: coming of the European powers.

  4. Colonial rule in Africa: foundation of the colonial rule and its causes.

  5. Colonial administration: characteristics of colonial administrative system: influence of colonial Rule on African society, politics and economy.

  6. Africa between the two World Wars: nationalism and Pan-Africanism.

  7. The road to independence: de-colonization, different phases and the Independence of Nigeria, Congo, Ghana and Senegal.

  8. Problems of independent Africa: (a) political instability, (b) border disputes, (c) democracy, (d) economy, (e) military rule, (f) national integration, (g) socialism and communism, (h) neo-colonialism, (i) apartheid.

  9. Efforts at African integrity and unity: a) Non-alignment movement, B) Organization of African Unity (OAU), African Union (AU)

  10. Africa in world affairs: (a) United States and Africa, (b) Soviet Russia and Africa, (c) China and Africa, (d) United Nations Organization (UNO) and Africa.

Suggested Readings:

1. J. M. Mackenzie : The Partition of Africa

2. James Cameron : The African Revolution

3. R. W. July : A History of the African People

4. T. Walter Wallbank : Contemporary Africa

5. Robin Hallett : Africa Since 1875

6. T. L. Hodjkin : Nationalism and Colonialism in Africa

7. J. D. Fage : A History of Africa

8. Colin Leguem : Africa: A Hadbook

9. Basil Davidson : The Africans An Entry to Cultural History

10. Geoge Peter Murdock : Africa : Its Peoples and their culture, History

11. Vinant Bakpetu Thompson : Africa and Unity of the Evolution of

12. Roland Oliver &

Anothony Atanore : Africa since 1800.

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Course Code


Marks: 100

Credits: 4

Class Hours: 60

Course Title:

History of Europe 1453-1815

  1. Transition from Medieval to Modern Period

  2. Renaissance: definition, Italian Renaissance and characteristics

  3. Reformation and Counter Reformation movements, and the results of the religious movements.

  4. Geographical discoveries: causes, main discoveries and effects.

  5. Charles V and Philip II

  6. Dutch War of Independence

  7. Foundation of the Bourbon Dynasty in France and Henry IV

  8. Cardinal Richelieu.

  9. Thirty years War: causes, results and significance.

  10. Peter, the Great.

  11. Internal and foreign policies of Louis XIV

  12. Enlightened Despots: Frederick William II, Maria Theresa, Joseph II and Catherine II,

  13. Austrian War of Succession: causes and results.

  14. Seven Years War: causes and results

  15. Partition of Poland.

  16. Mercantilism: development of industries, trade & commerce.

  17. France on the eve of the Revolution of 1789: political, social, economic conditions and the writings of the intellectuals.

  18. The works of the National Constituent Assembly (1789-1791)

  19. Reign of Terror (1739-94)

  20. The Directory

  21. Napoleon: reforms, Continental system, downfall.

Suggested Readings:

1. R. Ergang : Europe From Renaissance to Waterloo

2. C. J. H. Hayes : Modern Europe to 1870

3. Burns : Western Civilization

4. Wakeman : The Ascendancy of France

5. Riker : A History of Modern Europe

6. V. H. H. Green : Renaissance and Reformation

7. Wallbank and Taylor : Civilization: Past and Present, Vol. 2.

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Course Code


Marks: 100

Credits: 4

Class Hours: 60

Course Title:

Far East and South-East Asia in Modern Times

Part A: Far East: From the opening of China upto 1939

  1. Introduction: general overview of China: land and people, society, economy, political structure

  2. Opening of China: background, Opium Wars, Unequal Treaties. Open Door Policy.

  3. Chinese reaction and resistance: Taiping rebellion, Boxer Movement. Hundred Days’ Reforms

  4. Nationalist Movements in China: Chinese Revolution of 1911, its causes and results

  5. China in Transformation: The Nationalist Revolution, 1920-28, China under Chiang K’ai Shek, the birth of Communist Party: the Kuomintang and Communist Alliance, the rise of Mao

  6. Opening of Japan: The Perry Mission 1868, the opening of Japan, the end of Shogunate. Meiji Restoration, Sino-Japanese war 1894-95, Russo-Japanese war 1904-05.

  7. The Washington Conference (1921-22)

  8. Japanese aggressions in China, 1931

Suggested Readings:

    1. Beasley, W.G. : The Modern History of Japan

    2. Clyde and Beers : The Far East: A History of the Western
      Impact and the Eastern Response
      (1830- 1970),

    3. Crowley, J.B. : Modern East Asia: Essays in Interpretation,

    4. Farmen, Hambley : Comparative History of Civilizations in Asia, Vol II, 1986.

    5. Hsu, Immanuel C.Y. : The Rise of Modern Chin.

    6. Vinacke, H.A. : A History of the Far East in Modern Times.

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Part B: South-east Asia in modern times

1. Introduction: concept of Southeast Asia and its importance, colonial policies and its impact.

2. Indonesia: rise of Indonesian nationalism. political parties, Indonesian Revolution and


3. Malaysia: British rule in Malaya states, emergence of nationalist movement and independence.

4. Burma: colonial rule in Burma, Japanese occupation, independence movement.

5. Vietnam: the First Indo-China War, Vietnam War and emergence of North and South Vietnam, US. Intervention and its subsequent withdrawal.

6. Big Powers is Role: US, China, Japan, Russia.
Suggested Readings:

  1. Sardesai : Southeast Asia: Past and Present.

  2. Hall : Southeast Asia.

  3. Legge : Indonesia.

  4. Bastin & Benda : A History of Modern South East Asia.

  5. Miller : A Short History of Malaysia.

  6. Cady : South-East Asia.

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Course Code


Marks: 100

Credits: 4

Class Hours: 60

Course Title:

Political and Cultural History of Islam up to 1258

  1. Per-Islamic Dark Age in Arabia: social, political, economic and religious conditions.

  2. Life and activities of the Prophet Mohammad (Sm): foundation of Islam in Arabia, new society and administration in Madina.

  3. The Khilafat: Hazarat Abu Bakar, Hazrat Umar Faruque, Hazrat Uthman and Hazrat Ali; territorial expansion, politics and society during the Khilafat.

  4. The Umayyads

    1. Foundation of Umayyad Dynasty

    2. Administration of Muawiyah and Abdul Malik

    3. Muslim expansion: Walid I and Hajaj-Bin-Yusuf

    4. Umar-Bin-Abdul Aziz and the later Umayyad

    5. Umayyad administration and Society.

    6. Development of science, art and culture

    7. Downfall of the Umayyad dynasty

  5. The Abbasids

    1. Foundation of Abbasid Dynasty

    2. Administration of Al-Mansur

    3. Khalifa Harun-Al-Rashid and the Golden Age of Bagdad

    4. Civil War: Amin and Mamun.

    5. The later Abbasids

    6. Abbasid administration

    7. Social and economic life during the Abbasids

    8. Education system, science, art and architecture

    9. Downfall of Bagdad

Recommended Books:

1. Syed Amir Ali : History of the Saracens.

2. Syed Amir Ali : The Spirit of Islam.

3. M Kabir : Outlines of Islamic History

4. Joseph Hell : Arab Civilization

5. S. M. Imamudddin : A Political History of Islam

6. B. Lewis : The Arabs in History

7. S. Khuda Baksh : Islamic Civilization, vols. 1 and II.

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