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History of India (from the earliest times to c. 300 CE to 1206) (Course Code: BHIC-131 & 132)

Explore the origins and evolution of ancient India in BHIC-131. From the hunter-gatherer societies to the enigmatic Harappan civilization, delve into the Vedic ages, Mauryan rule, and the rise of urban centers.

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Live Class: Saturday, 16 Dec

Duration: 15 Hours

Enrolled: 0

Offered by: IGNOU Guidance

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About Course

Course Introduction for BHIC-131: History of India from the Earliest Times up to c. 300 CE

This course provides a comprehensive journey through ancient Indian history, beginning from the earliest times and culminating around 300 CE. It delves into the rich sources of ancient Indian history, including archaeological findings and significant sites that unveil the foundations of Indian civilization. Students will explore the physical characteristics, formations, and distinctive traits that shaped early Indian societies.

The course navigates through pivotal historical milestones, such as the evolution from hunter-gatherer societies to the origins of agriculture and the fascinating civilization of the Harappan era. Topics include the material aspects, societal structures, religious beliefs, and the decline of the Harappan civilization. It delves into the Vedic periods, the rise of urban centers, the spread of religious ideas like Buddhism and Jainism, Alexander's invasion, the Mauryan empire, state formations in Deccan and Tamilaham, and the growth of languages and literature.

Course Introduction for BHIC-132: History of India from c. 300 CE to 1206

This course embarks on a transformative era of Indian history, focusing on the period from 300 CE to 1206 CE. It scrutinizes the rise and impact of significant dynasties such as the Guptas, Pushyabhutis, Harsha, Pallavas, Pandayas, Kalachuris, Kadambas, Chalukyas, Cholas, Hoysalas, and the emergence of Rajputs and Rashtrakutas.

Students will explore the economic, social, cultural, and political aspects of these dynasties, unraveling their contributions and societal changes. The course delves into the post-Gupta period, examining shifts in polity, religion, and culture. It also covers invasions by Arabs, Mahmud Ghazni, Mohd. Ghouri, the evolution of land and revenue systems, societal structures, the growth of art, language, literature, and the changing religious trends during this period.

Both courses offer a comprehensive exploration of India's historical trajectory, encompassing diverse facets of society, economy, polity, religion, culture, and art. Students will engage with critical historical milestones, enabling a deeper understanding. 


Program: IGNOU-BAG (Bachelor of Arts - General), First Year

Skills You Will Gain

Archaeological Analysis Early Indian Civilizations Societal Evolution Vedic Period Understanding Mauryan Empire Insight Religious Ideologies Urbanization and State Formation Historical Contextualization Dynastic Analysis Post-Gupta Era Comprehension Socio-Political Evolution Cultural and Religious Shifts Invasion Impact Assessment Economic and Agrarian Systems Literary and Artistic Growth Critical Historical Analysis

Course Offerings

  • Prepare You for the Examination
  • Assignment Preparation Guidance
  • Last Year Exam Questions Discussion
  • Study Learning Material (Soft Copy)
  • Provision of Notes if Required
  • Interactive Classes Led by Teachers
  • Clarification of Doubts During Class
  • Access Recordings of Live Classes
  • Accessible on all Devices
  • Community Based Discussion Forum
  • Topics
  • Instructor (1)
  • Sources of Ancient Indian History
  • Archaeology as a Source and Prominent Archaeological Sites
  • Indian History: Physical Features, Formations and Characteristics
  • Hunter-Gatherers: Archaeological Perspective, Origin of Agriculture and Domestication of Animals
  • Harappan Civilization
  • The Early Vedic Society
  • Changes in the Later Vedic Phase
  • Janapadas and Mahajanapadas
  • Buddhism
  • Jainism
  • Other Religious Ideas
  • Alexander’s Invasion
  • Establishment of Mauryan Rule and Magadhan Territorial Expansion, Administrative Organization, Economy and Society
  • Early State Formation in Deccan and Tamilaham
  • Peninsular India
  • Growth of Tamil Language and Literature
  • Rise and Growth of the Guptas
  • Economy, Society, Culture and Polity: the Guptas
  • The Pushyabhutis and the Rise of Harsha Kingdoms in the Deccan and the South
  • The Pallavas
  • The Pandayas and The Kalachuris
  • The Kadambas
  • The Chalukyas of Badami
  • The Cholas and the Hoysalas
  • Economy and Society in the Post-Gupta Period
  • Polity, Religion and Culture in the post-Gupta Period
  • Emergence of Rajputs
  • Emergence of Rashtrakutas
  • The Arabs: Invasions and Expansion
  • Mahmud Ghazni and Mohd. Ghouri: Invasions and Resistance
  • Land, Revenue Systems and Agrarian Relations: c. 700-1200 CE
  • Social Structure and Gender Relations: c. 700-1200 CE, Growth of Art, Language and Literature: c. 300 CE to 1206
  • Religion and Religious Trends: c. 300 CE to 1206

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