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History Class 11 ISC (Science) CISCE Topics and Syllabus

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CISCE Syllabus For Class 11 History: Knowing the Syllabus is very important for the students of Class 11. Shaalaa has also provided a list of topics that every student needs to understand.

The CISCE Class 11 History syllabus for the academic year 2023-2024 is based on the Board's guidelines. Students should read the Class 11 History Syllabus to learn about the subject's subjects and subtopics.

Students will discover the unit names, chapters under each unit, and subtopics under each chapter in the CISCE Class 11 History Syllabus pdf 2023-2024. They will also receive a complete practical syllabus for Class 11 History in addition to this.

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100 Growth of Nationalism

Swadeshi Movement

  • Partition of Bengal and anti-Partition Movement, leading to the Swadeshi and Boycott Movement: causes, features and impact which should include the aggravation of the Moderate-Extremist clash, and the foundation of the Muslim League. The assessment of the movement should include the positive and negative features.

Revolutionary Nationalism

  • The growth of revolutionary activities should explain what led to the development and concentrate on some well-known organizations: Abhinav Bharat, Yugantar, Anushilan Samiti.
200 Emergence of the Colonial Economy.

Development of the means of transport and communication

  • Transportation: a brief look at the development of the railways – other means can simply be mentioned

Disruption of traditional economy: British revenue policy: impact on peasants and artisans; poverty and famines.

  • A general account of the impact of the British rule on peasants and artisans. Revenue policy: the Permanent Settlement and Ryotwari Settlement should be done in some detail

Development of modern industries.

  • An account of the growth of large scale machine based industries in western India, its economic impact

Colonial Forest Policy - impact on local communities

  • The Forest Acts of 1865 and 1894 to be studied critically. Political and economic impact of the Colonial Forest Policy on local communities.
300 Social and Religious Movements

Impact of the modern ideas in Europe on Indian administrators.

  • The characteristics of modern thought (liberalism, utilitarianism) to be very briefly explained as a background to British policy.

Reform Movements – Brahmo Samaj, Arya Samaj, Aligarh Movement

  • A critical look at each of the above movements.

Struggle against caste – Jyotirao Phule, Narayan Guru, Veerasalingam

  • A brief outline of their contributions

The Women’s Question

  • The following Acts to be studied: Abolition of Sati 1829, Widow Remarriage 1856, Female Infanticide Prevention 1870 and Age of Consent 1891. The background and features have to be read critically to evaluate their impact on women.
400 Protest Movements Against Colonial Rule
  • A brief account of the Indigo Uprising (1859), Deccan riots (1875), Munda Uprising (1899- 1900) and the response of the colonial authority
500 Gandhian Nationalism (1916 – 1922)

The launching of the passive resistance movement by Gandhi; background and main features of the movement.

  • A general background of the development of Gandhian ideas of non-violence and satyagraha in South Africa. Brief summaries of the three localised satyagrahas: Champaran, Ahmedabad, and Kheda district

Agitation against the Rowlatt Act, Jalianwala Bagh (1919), Khilafat and Non-Cooperation Movement (1919-1922).

  • The reasons behind the Rowlatt Act and its main terms to be studied in brief. A general account of the satyagraha against the Act, leading to Jalianwala Bagh and the aftermath
  • The launching of the Khilafat and the Non-Cooperation Movements; why Gandhi decided to support Khilafat. There should be a connected chronological account of the movement and its suspension after Chauri Chaura.
600 Gandhian Nationalism (1927 – 1934)

Simon Commission

  • its boycott and the demand for Dominion Status by 1929; Lahore session and declaration of 'Poorna Swaraj' as the Congress objective.
  • The reasons for sending the Commission in 1927 as well as its boycott should be briefly explained. A general account of the agitation against the Commission as well as a very brief account of the Nehru Report. The Lahore Session should be set against the expiry of the deadline by the Congress; the main points of the Poorna Swaraj Resolution.

Civil Disobedience Movement (1930-1934)

  • A general account of the development of the Movement and different strands within the Movement; main features of the Gandhi-Irwin Pact. The 1st and 2nd Round Table Conferences can be put very briefly in context. The resumption of the Movement, the Poona Pact (in the context of the Communal Award) should be touched upon
700 Impact of the Second Phase of Industrialization in Europe During the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries
  1. Urbanisation, growth of working class: Workers’ movements.
  • Trade Union and Socialist Movements in Germany.

    2. Growth of Women’s struggles for rights: Suffragette Movement

  • Focus on Britain and WPSU: an account of demand for women’s right to vote until the election of 1919.
800 World War I: Causes, Events Leading to It; Major Changes in Warfare and Strategy; Peace Settlements
  • An outline of the main long term causes: alliances, imperial rivalry, arms race, nationalism; short term causes: events from 1908 to 1914: the Moroccan crisis, the annexation of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • The main interests of the big powers in the Balkans should be briefly touched upon, particularly Russia and Austria- Hungary, as well as the growth of Balkan nationalism and the two Balkan Wars; the assassination at Sarajevo and how it developed into a major European War.
  • Introduction of new technologies and strategies: trench warfare, use of gas, tanks, air warfare and submarines with one example for each. Reasons for US’s entry into the War and a brief account of its contribution.
  • A brief explanation of the various causes for the defeat of the Central Powers
900 Peace Settlements After World War I and the Establishment of the League of Nations.
  • Changes in the map of Europe after the Paris Peace Settlements; critical evaluation of the impact of the peace settlements.
  • League of Nations – membership (absence of major powers); establishment of the mandates system; failure of collective security (Manchuria & Abyssinia)
1000 The Great Depression
  • Causes leading to the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and its impact on the economy of USA, Germany, Britain, France, & Japan
1100 Rise of Communism: Russia (1917-1939)
  • The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 - a brief account of events in 1917: March Revolution and its results; explanation of why the Provisional Government fell from power leading up to the November Revolution
  • Lenin and his consolidation of the Bolshevik state
  • Struggle for power between Stalin and Trotsky; Single party state under Stalin: the collectivisation of agriculture. The First and the Second Five Year Plans and the purges of 1937-1938.
1200 Rise of Fascism: Italy (1919-39)

Post-War discontent and the rise to power of Benito Mussolini.

Conditions which gave rise to Fascism; a brief chronological account of the events which brought Mussolini to power from the election of 1921 to the march on Rome in October 1922

Main features of Mussolini's domestic policy

  • Critical appraisal of Mussolini’s policies particularly his economic policy. 
1300 Rise of Nazism: Germany (1933-39)

Rise of Hitler to power and factors assisting his rise.

  • Weaknesses of the Weimar Republic as a background to the rise of Nazism; events from 1932 onwards leading to Hitler becoming Chancellor of Germany in 1933; the reasons for his popularity among different groups should be explained.

The Nazi State: from 1933 onward.

  • Outline of the changes made by Hitler in government, the cultural life and education, army (the Night of the Long Knives), the economy and religious life. Escalation of the campaign against the Jews should be done in some detail, till the "Final Solution". Reasons why his policies were accepted among different groups.
1400 Rise of Militarism: Japan (1919-37)

Reasons for militarism in the 1930s; expansion into China. Events leading to the attack on Pearl Harbour

  • The political, economic and ideological reasons for the rise of militarism and expansion into China should be explained (emphasis should be laid on the reasons for the attack on Manchuria and a brief account of it). The subsequent developments should be studied chronologically, emphasizing the declaration of a “New Order in East Asia” and the 1937 invasion of China.
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