This is a list of questions on
paper IX of History honours syllabus to aid learning and revision
but not to serve as sample questions for examinations:-
In what ways has the recent cultural
turn in the historiography of the French Revolution altered our
understanding of its origins ?
The bourgeoisie was the principal
beneficiary of the revolutionary decade of 1789-99 in
The French revolution lent a lethal
blow to the feudal social order within and outside
France too. Discuss.
The seeds of a revolutionary upheaval
were sprouting within the old order in
France by 1789. Explain with special reference to new social and
cultural currents leading towards French Revolution.
Describe the administrative reforms
introduced by Napoleon Bonaparte within and outside
France. Would it be correct to say that through them he both
preserved and destroyed the ideals of the French Revolution.
The events of 1848 transformed the
attitudes of the rulers as well as the rebels in
What were the factors which led to "a
springtime of peoples" in
in 1848 ? Why did the uprisings subside by next winter in most
parts of the continent ?
Industrialisation transformed not only
the economy but also the social and political landscape of
Britain by the middle of nineteenth century. Explain.
Highlight the variations in the
pattern of industrialisation in
France and Germany between 1850 and 1914.
Why is the last quarter of the
nineteenth century described as the second Industrial Revolution ?
What were the factors behind the edge gained by the German
economy over the French in this period ?
Do you think the process of Italian
unification corroborates the assertion that nationalism had become
an inexorable force in European politics by the beginning of
nineteenth century ?
To what extent was the unification of
Germany a byproduct of Bismarck's never ending pursuit of Prussian
What do you understand by the term
`New Imperialism' ? How would you account for its rapid surge
between 1880 and 1912 ?
The division of European powers into
two hostile blocks was the major factor behind the catastrophe of
What were the reasons for the growth of
revolutionary groups in Russia
by the end of the nineteenth century? What were the major points
of ideological and tactical differences between them ?
What were the factors responsible for
the collapse of the Tsarist state in 1917 ? Discuss with
reference to the contributions made by different revolutionary
groups to this event ?
What was the purpose and the effects of
the Five Year Plans ?
What were Stalin’s motives and
justifications for the terror purge ?
After World War I, in country after
country, parliamentary democracy collapsed and authoritarian
leaders came to power. Explain the factors behind this change.
Account for the rise of Nazism in
Germany after the I World War. How would you account for its
shocking brutality both on domestic and international fronts ?
In what ways was Mussolini less
effective than Hitler in establishing a totalitarian state ?
How did the Nazis extend their
? Do you think that irrationalist philosophical trends also
contributed to this process ?
Britain and France practice a policy of appeasement ? Was Stalin’s
pact of 1939 with Hitler any more justifiable ?
How was the understanding of the
universe and matter altered by modern physics after 1880 ?
Human Sciences became progressively more diversified,
professionalized and specialized in the late nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries. Explain.
In what ways did Nietzsche reflect the
growing irrationalism of intellectual life at the turn of the
twentieth century. ?
In what ways were both Dada and
Surrealism an expression of their times ?
In what ways was the Enlightenment
tradition in disarray by the early years of the twentieth century ?
Dr. Devesh Vijay
Zakir Husain College.