Our Pasts – 1 (Textbook of History)

Our Pasts – 1 (Textbook of History)

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The syllabus of this book is developed by the NCERT expert committee based on the National Curriculum Framework (NCF), 2005. It covers various topics of Ancient History like Sources,Earliest Civilisations,Vital Cities,New Religions and Empires, etc.

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Contents of Our Pasts – 1 (Textbook of History)

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8 Topics

1.1

Knowing About History

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1.2

River Settlements and their Importance

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1.3

Etymological Origin of India and Bharat

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1.4

Sources and their Importance

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1.5

Archaeologists and their Role in History

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1.6

Historians and their Role in History

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1.7

Different Pasts for Different People

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1.8

Understanding Timeline in History

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11 Topics

2.1

Nomadic Life of Hunter-gatherers

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2.2

Archaeological Findings and Excavations

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2.3

Hunter-gatherers Settlement Sites and Its Importance

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2.4

Introduction to Stone Age and its Periodization

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2.5

Environmental Changes During the Mesolithic Period

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2.6

Beginning of Domestication

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2.7

Use of Animals as Resources

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2.8

Early Settlement Sites for Farmers and Herders

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2.9

Burzahom - A Neolithic Village

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2.10

A Neolithic Settlement of Mehrgarh

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2.11

Neolithic Site at Turkey

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16 Topics

3.1

Exacavations and Preservation of Monuments

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3.2

Discovery of the City of Harappa

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3.3

Special Features of City Planning in Harappan Cities

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3.4

Societal Division in Harappan Cities

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3.5

Discovery of New Crafts in Harappan Cities

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3.6

Cotton Cultivation in Harappan Cities

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3.7

Craft Specialisation in Harappan Cities

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3.8

Discovery of New Raw Materials in Harappan Cities

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3.9

Production and Supply of Resources in Harappan Cities

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3.10

Introduction of Plough and Irrigation in Harappan Cities

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3.11

Town Planning of Harappan Cities of Gujarat

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3.12

Key Features of the City of Dholavira

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3.13

Key Features of the City of Lothal

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3.14

Understanding Harappan Seals and Sealings

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3.15

Theories of Decline for Harappan Civilization

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3.16

Brief on Egyptian Civilization

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8 Topics

4.1

Introduction to the Vedas

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4.2

Composition of Rigveda

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4.3

Features of the Rigvedic Society

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4.4

Discovery of the Megalithic Burials

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4.5

Megaliths and Social Differentiation

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4.6

Unique Features of Burials at Inamgaon

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4.7

History of Skeletal Studies

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4.8

China and Discovery of Oracle Bones

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13 Topics

5.1

Ways of Coronation of Ancient Indian Rajas

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5.2

Role of Rajas in the Early Vedic Period

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5.3

Formation of the Varna System and its Types

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5.4

Life in Janapadas of Ancient India

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5.5

Role of Rajas in the Janapadas

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5.6

Introduction of Fortifications at Mahajanapadas

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5.7

Role of Rajas in the Mahajanapadas

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5.8

Taxation system in the Mahajanapadas

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5.9

Importance of Iron Ploughshares and System of Transplantation

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5.10

Study of Magadha as a Mahajanapadha

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5.11

Understanding Establishment of Ganasanghas

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5.12

Study of Vajji as a Ganasangha

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5.13

Greece and the History of Athens

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14 Topics

6.1

Early Life of Gautama Buddha

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6.2

Establishment of Buddhism

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6.3

Main Teachings of Buddhism

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6.4

Teachings of Upanishads

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6.5

Life of Upanishadic Thinkers

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6.6

Schools of Indian Philosophy

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6.7

Early Life of Vardhamana Mahavira

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6.8

Establishment of Jainism

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6.9

Main Teachings of Jainism

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Followers of Jainism or Life of Jainas

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6.11

Spread of Jainism in India

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Establishment of Buddhist Sanghas

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6.13

System of Ashramas and its Importance

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6.14

Zoroaster and the Origin of Zoroastrianism

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13 Topics

7.1

Study of Kingdoms and Dynasties

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7.2

Establishment of the Mauryan Empire

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7.3

Chanakya's Arthashastra and its Importance

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Understanding Tributes in Mauryan Empire

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7.5

Administration of the Mauryan Empire

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7.6

Megasthenes and his Accounts

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7.7

Capital City of Patliputra and its Importance

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7.8

Reign of Ashoka

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7.9

Ashoka’s War in Kalinga

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Ashoka's Dhamma and its Importance

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7.11

Dhamma Mahamattas and Spread of Dhamma Outside India

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7.12

Teachings of Ashoka's Dhamma

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7.13

China and The Great Wall of China

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8.1

Use of Iron Tools in Agriculture

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8.2

Establishment of Irrigation Works during the Iron Age

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8.3

Societal Division during the Iron Age or the Later Vedic Period

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Role of Grama bhojaka in Northern Rural India

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8.5

Writing of Jatakas and Buddhist Monks

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8.6

Historic Evidences of Cities

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8.7

Discovery of Ring Wells and its Importance

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8.8

Accounts of Travellers and Sailors

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8.9

The Gulf of Barygaza and its Importance

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8.10

Discovery of Punch Marked Coins and its Importance

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8.11

Rise of Mathura as a Thriving Ancient Town

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8.12

Important Occupations at Mathura

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8.13

Rules of Spinning and Weaving by Arthashastra

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Establishment of System of Shrenis and its Role

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Rise of Arikemedu as a Thriving Ancient Town

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8.16

Rise of the Oldest City of Europe - Rome

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11 Topics

9.1

South Indian Trade with Roman Empire

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9.2

Rise New Coastal Kingdoms

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9.3

Lords of the Dakshinapatha in Satavahana Dynasty

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9.4

Rise of Silk Route in Ancient India

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Reign of Kanishka and Spread of Buddhism

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Rise and Spread of Pilgrims

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9.7

Rise of Nalanda University and its Importance

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9.8

Idea of Bhakti and Rise of Hinduism

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9.9

System of Bhakti in Hinduism

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Etymological Origin of Bhakti

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9.11

Rise of Christianity and its Teachings

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13 Topics

10.1

Historic Sources of Prashasti and its Importance

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10.2

Samudragupta’s Prashasti and its Features

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10.3

Harishena's Description of Different Kinds of Rulers

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10.4

Rulers of the Dakshinapatha and Samudragupta

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10.5

Importance of Geneologies in Samudraguta's Prashatis

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10.6

Rule of the Gupta Dynasty

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10.7

Harshavardhan and Harshacharita

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Rise of Aihole as a Trading Centres

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Administration of the Southern Kingdoms

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Military Administration of the Southern Kingdoms

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10.11

Role of Samantas in the Southern Kingdoms

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10.12

Functions of Assemblies in the Southern Kingdoms

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10.13

Accounts of Kalidasa on Ordinary People

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16 Topics

11.1

Contributions of Ancient Indian Metallurgy

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11.2

Key Features of Iron Pillar at Mehrauli

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11.3

Architectural Features of Stupas and Caves

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11.4

Few Famous Stupas of Ancient India

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11.5

Architectural Features of Ancient Temples of India

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11.6

Few Famous Temples of Ancient India

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11.7

Discovery of Paintings During Ancient India

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11.8

Features of Ajanta Cave Painting

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11.9

Study of Ancient Epics

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Writings of Tamil Epics and their Importance

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11.11

Writings of Kalidasa and Meghaduta

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Writings and Preservation of Puranas

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11.13

Writing of Sanskrit Epics

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Ancient Indian Folklore - Jatakas

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Ancient Indian Science Writings

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China and the Discovery of Paper

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