BA.LLB (Hons.) 5 Year
History -III

 World History 


The course deals with elaborating on the events in world History. The World has changed over centuries. The scope of the course is to make the students acquaint with major happenings in the world, which continue to influence the lives of the people across the world. The study of is crucial in understanding the growth and development of the human civilisation.The course will help in promoting better understanding in the students about the world and the social and political facets, which shaped it. 

Module I

Age of Geographical Discovery: THE MAIN PLAYERS: Early colonial expansion: motives, voyages and explorations; the conquests of the Americas: beginning of the era of colonization; mining and plantation; the African slaves. India & America

Module II

Renaissance: its social roots, city-states of Italy; spread of humanism in Europe; Art. & Reformation : Origins, course and results of the European Reformation in the 16th century. An examination of the Protestant and Catholic and Anglican Reformations in and the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. 

Module III


The Age of the French Revolution. study of the 18th century and its transformation by the forces unleashed by the French Revolution.  Napoleonic Europe, 1795-1815 culminating in his defeat at Waterloo.

Module IV

RUSSIA: Russia  under Peter and the enlightened despotism of Catherine . The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917: Dual Power, The New Economic Policy: Political Debates; trade unions.

Module V

Intellectual Development: the Age of “Isms” Liberalism, Conservatism, Communism, Romanticism, Idealism, Nationalism, Industrialism, Imperialism, Positivism, Darwinism, Orientalism, liberalism, socialism, communism ); Perspectives on Development and Underdevelopment: Globalization- a long view .

Module VI

Nationalism, Fascism and Nazim : Italy: unification movement & Nationalism; Germany: Unification Movement & Nationalism special emphasis on Bismarkian diplomacy; Fascism: the political, economic, and cultural background of Nazism:

Module VII

WORLD between Two World Wars

World War I: Causes & Impact: World War II- Origins of the Second World War. Americans in World War II: Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki  ;  Impact


­Carter V. Findley and John Rothay, Twentieth-Century World,. Boston:Houghton-Mifflin, 5th ed. ­2003­

Norman Lowe, Mastering Modern World History, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 1997

Textbook in History for Class XI, Themes in World History, NCERT, N Delhi, 2006


Nehru, Jawaharlal, Glimpses of World History, Oxford University Press & NMML, N Delhi

Davies, Norman, Europe: A History, Harper Perennial, Paperback, 1998

A.J.P.Taylor, The First World War, Penguin Books, New York, 1963

E.H.Carr, International Relations Between the Two World Wars 1919-1939, Palgrave, New York, 2004

Edward Said,Orientalism, Penguin Books, New Delhi, 1995

A.J. Stavrianos, World Since 1500.

R.R. Palmer, History of the Western World.

R.Hilton, (ed.,) The Transition From Feudalism to Capitalism

Maurice Dobb, Studies in the Development of Capitalism.

K.N.Panikkar, Asia and Western Dominance.

  1. Hale, Renaissance Europe.
  2. Hall, From Galileo to Newton.

Christopher Hill, A Century of Revolutions.

Meenaxi Phukan, Rise of the Modern West: Social and Economic

History of Early Modern Europe.

Bernard Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution.

­Essential Readings:

­E.J. Hobsbawm, The Age of Extremes, 1914 – 1991, New York: Vintage, 1996­