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Evaluate the contents of the Tabaqat-i-Nasiri as a source of medieval history. [UPSC, 2016]

Evaluate the contents of the Tabaqat-i-Nasiri as a source of medieval history. [UPSC, 2016] ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Tabaqat-i Nasiri, named for Sultan Nasir-ud-Din (son of Iltutmish,  reigned: 1246–1266), was written in Persian by Minhaj-i-Siraj Juzjani and completed in 1260. Minhaj us Siraj accompanied Iltutmish to Delhi and was patronized by him. Minhaj served as a chief […]

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Discuss the experimentations with art and architecture during the Gupta-Vakataka period. [UPSC, 2018]

Q. Discuss the experimentations with art and architecture during the Gupta-Vakataka period. [UPSC, 2018] ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The Gupta-Vakataka period is generally regarded as golden age of North Indian art for all the major religious groups. Most of the Gupta-Vakataka arts were inspired by the religion. Experimentations with art and architecture during the Gupta-Vakataka period Sculpture: […]

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Delineate the development of the Mughal painting during the reign of Jahangir. [UPSC, 2016]

Delineate the development of the Mughal painting during the reign of Jahangir. [UPSC, 2016] ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Jahangir had deep interest painting art and under him Mughal painting achieved its zenith. During Jahangir, the Persian and Indian style of painting were fully synthesized. The Indian painting became free from foreign influence during his reign. Jahangir took […]

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Critically analyse the agricultural economy from 750 to 1200 CE. [UPSC, 2014]

Critically analyse the agricultural economy from 750 to 1200 CE. [UPSC, 2014] ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The early medieval period in Indian history marks the growth of cultivation and organisation of land relations through land grants. These grants began around the beginning of Christian era and covered practically the entire subcontinent by the end of the twelfth […]

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Explain the major ideas of Enlightenment. Discuss the contribution of Rousseau in Enlightenment. [UPSC, 2018]

Q. Explain the major ideas of Enlightenment. Discuss the contribution of Rousseau in Enlightenment. [UPSC, 2018] ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Enlightenment was intellectual, philosophical, cultural and social movement.It spread throughout Europe (mainly Western Europe) during the 17th and 18th century. This period is called the Age of Enlightenment or the Age of Reason. It represented a huge […]

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Do you consider the Rajatarangini of Kalhana to be a reliable source of the political history of Kashmir? Why? [UPSC, 2017]

Do you consider the Rajatarangini of Kalhana to be a reliable source of the political history of Kashmir? Why? [UPSC, 2017] ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Rajatarangini (“The River of Kings”) is a historical chronicle of the early Kashmir. It covers the entire span of history in the Kashmir region from the earliest times to the the date […]

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