Class 8 History begins with the chapter of How, When and Where and it tells about the dates in history and their construction. It also focuses on the way we classify Indian History into Ancient, Medieval and Modern History. Next, From Trade to Territory – The Company establishes Power is about the Britsh came to trade with India and the formation of East India Company. Further, Ruling the Countryside tells us about Mughal Emperor, Shah Alam and his attempts in protecting his throne by siding with the East India Company. Next, Tribals, Dikus and the Vision of a Golden Age discusses the lives of Tribals and how the British Rule impacted them. Next, When People Rebel is about the Revolt of 1857 and how leaders like Mangal Pandey and Rani Lakshmi Bai played a role in it. Colonialism and the City – The Story of an Imperial Capital will tell us how the British managed to colonise almost every country and exploited them. Further, Weavers, Iron Smelters and Factory Owners are about handicraft industry of India. Civilizing the Native, Educating the Nation covers Modern Education System which the British introduced whereas Women, Caste and Reform is about evil social practices and the reforms to ban them. The Changing Wolrd of Visual Arts is about Indian Sculptures and art. Finally, The Making of the National Movement: 1870s – 1947 and India After Independence tells us about freedom movements and the post-independence era of India.
Did you know the day India became independent? Well, it was 15th August 1947. But this was only the date on which our independence became official. The struggle for independence had borne its fruit a few months earlier. Such dates in history bear a huge significance. Let us see how this history is constructed.
One day Arun went visiting with his mom to a tailor shop. There, Arun went on exploring the shop and found a portrait of a man. The man from the portrait told Arun that he was the founder of the shop set up under the East India Company. Let us join Arun in this journey of Trade to Territory.
Shah Alam was the Mughal emperor from 1759 to 1806. He faced many invasions during his years on the throne. To protect his kingdom he accepted protection from the British East India Company. In exchange, he granted them the Diwani of Bengal. And this is how a trading company started ruling the countryside of Bengal!
We all know adivasis are 'tribals'. And we to them would be 'dikus' i.e. outsiders. Why are they still termed as adivasis? Once upon there was a war fought over freedom, but today there's a war still being fought over these tribals. These tribals are waiting for their golden age to come. Let us know more!
The history of the world is littered with various revolutions by the people to bring about necessary social and cultural change. The American War of Independence is known to be the first revolution. India also has its first revolution against the British in 1857. History is proof that when people rebel, change follows
India is known for the beautiful handicrafts we possess. Who makes them? These handicrafts come from people from all walks of life especially the weavers, iron smelters and factory owner. Let us know more about them!
The Britishers came to India and harassed the Indians, but they also introduced modern education. They tried to civilize the Indians. Let's find out more about Civilising the Native, Educating the Nation.
Feminism is a popular topic these days. Women are fighting for their rights. But was it always like this? Since when are women denied their rights? Who fought for women? Were people from lower castes given equal rights? Let's find out more about Women, Reform and the Caste System.
India had to go through a lot to gain its independence. But even after the independence, there were a lot of problems and challenges faced by the country. Let's find out more about India after Independence.