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Monday, July 22, 2019

Early Medieval India, 750-1200 questions


Polity: Major political developments in Northern India and the Peninsula, origin and the
rise of Rajputs
The Cholas: administration, village economy and society
Indian Feudalism; Agrarian economy and urban settlements; Trade and commerce
Society: the status of the Brahman and the new social order; Condition of women
Indian science and technology




Polity: Major political developments in Northern India and the Peninsula, origin and the rise of Rajputs:-
  • Bring out the salient features of the polity & social structure of the Rajputs. To what extent were they responsible for the weakness of the Rajputs to the foreign invaders?
  • Achieving dominance in the south of the Vindhyas did not satisfy the ambitions of the Rashtrakutas, they also wanted to achieve dominance over the Gangetic PIains.” Elaborate and comment.
  • “The inferior cavalry of the Rajputs was not the only cause of their defeat at the hands of Turko-Afghans and Mughal.” Comment. 



The Cholas: administration, village economy and society


  • Describe the village administration of the Chola period as known from the Uttaramerur inscriptions
  • Describe the development of Chola power under Rajaraja and Rajendra I. Form an estimate of their cultural contributions
  • What were the salient features of the bureaucratic machinery of the Cholas?
  • Critically assess the period of the Cholas in the history of South India
  • Write a short essay on: “Local self-government under the Cholas.”
  •  Discuss the contribution of Rajaraja I and Rajendra I for the expansion of the Chola Empire. Analyse the causes and impact of the naval expeditions of the Cholas
  • Assess the importance of the Cholas in the history of South India. 
  • Critically evaluate the achievements of the Cholas. 
  • Were the Chola village assemblies democratic in nature? Give reasons for your answer
  • The Cholas are said to have established a strong and well organized administration with an element of self-government at the local level. Do you agree? Give reasons.
  •  How far can the village assemblies or communities under the Cholas be really called democratic?
  • Assess the contribution of the Cholas in the expansion of Indian culture outside India. 
  • Evaluate the role of nadu and nagaram in the growth of urbanisation under the Cholas
  • Evaluating various theories regarding the Chola State, throw light on its village assemblies



Indian Feudalism; Agrarian economy and urban settlements; Trade and commerce 

  • “Land charters of north India (c. A-D. 750-1200).” Comment. 
  • Write a short essay on: “The Samanta System”
  • Write a short essay on: “Applicability of the term ‘Indian Feudalism’ to early Medieval Society.”
  •   To what extent ‘monetary anaemia’ aicted the erstwhile commercial economy during the early medieval period?
  • What kind of changes were visualized by historians on Indian feudalism? Examine critically. 
  • Critically analyse the agricultural economy from 750 to 1200 CE.
  • Do the evidences of land ownership at our disposal support the theory of the prevalence of feudalism in early medieval India?



Society: the status of the Brahman and the new social order; Condition of women 


  • Give an account of the society in Northern and Central India since the death of Harsha to the Muslim conquest of North India
  • Write a short essay on: “Social structure of the Rajputs.”

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