Tracing Changes Through A Thousand Years


What does time mean for historians? How does it help them?  [V. Imp.]


Time, for historians, doesn't mean just a passing of hours, days or years. Instead it reflects changes in social and economic organization, in the persistence and transformation of ideas and beliefs. In order to study historical developments historians divide the past into large segments. It makes the study convenient. The historians study different aspects of the specific period and then assess the comparative developments their impact on society and their contribution to future generation.


Tracing Changes Through A Thousand Years

Q 1.

Who used the term Hindustan for the first time and when?

Q 2.

Who is a cartographer'?

Q 3.

What sources do the historians use for the study of a particular period of history?[V. Imp.]

Q 4.

Who used the term Hindustan for the first time and when?

Q 5.

Why did Brahmanas dominate in the society during this period? [Imp.]

Q 6.

What was the major development of this age?

Q 7.

What was the basis of such division?

Q 8.

Who were scribes?

Q 9.

Who were the patrons?

Q 10.

Who was the Chief of the village?

Q 11.

What does time mean for historians? How does it help them?  [V. Imp.]

Q 12.

What do you mean by pan-regional rule? What was its impact? [V. Imp.]

Q 13.

What difference do you trace out in the region of Hindustan of thirteenth century and the modem India?

Q 14.

State whether true or false:

  • We do not find inscriptions for the period after 700.
  • The Maraihas asserted their political importance during this period.
  • Forest-dwellers were sometimes pushed out of their lands with the spread of agricultural settlements.
  • Sultan Ghiyasuddin Balban controlled Assam, Manipur and Kashmir.

Q 15.

What do you mean by Jati Panchayat?

Q 16.

Who was considered a foreigner in the past?

Q 17.

Who was al-Idrisi?

Q 18.

What are the difficulties historians face in using manuscripts?

Q 19.

What changes took place during 700 and 1750? [V. Imp.]

Q 20.

What were the new groups of people to be prominent in this age?  [V. Imp.]

Q 21.

Trace out the major changes in the society during 700 and 1750? What was its main reason? [V. Imp.]

Q 22.

Fill in the blanks:
(a) Archives are places where………….. are kept.
(b) …………….was a fourteenth-century chronicler.
(c) ……., ……., ………, ……… and ………… were some of the crops introduced into  the subcontinent during this period.

Q 23.

How were the affairs ofjaiis regulated?

Q 24.

How did the scribes copy down the manuscripts?

Q 25.

What do you mean by archives?

Q 26.

What was the change in the religion of the time? Trace out major developments?  [V. Imp.]

Q 27.

What difference do you notice in the map drawn by al-Idrisi?

Q 28.

What factors contributed to the variety of developments?

Q 29.

How do the historians divide the past into periods? Do they face any problems in doing so?

Q 30.

In what ways has the meaning of the term ‘Hindustan' charged over the centuries?

Q 31.

List some of the technological changes associated with this period.

Q 32.

What were some of the major religious developments during this period?

Q 33.

How history was divided by historians during the middle of the nineteenth century?

Q 34.

What does the term pan-regional empire mean?

Q 35.

Find out where records are kept in your village or city. Who writes these records? Is there an archive? Who manages it? What kinds of documents are stored there? Who are the people who use it?

Q 36.

What was the stretch of Delhi Sultan Ghiyasuddin Balban's Empire?

Q 37.

What was the process of copying manuscript? What were its drawbacks? [Imp.]

Q 38.

Compare either Map 1 or Map 2 with the present-day map of the subcontinent listing as many similarities and differences as you can find.