Important Books for History Optional for UPSC IAS Mains

Books for history optional UPSC

  • Historian’s Craft-Marc Block
  • The Past and the present -Lawrence Stone
  • What is History -E.H. Carr

Books for Ancient India

  • Ancient India – An Introductory Outline -D.N. Jha
  • Ancient India (NCERT) -Prof. R.S. Sharma
  • Aspects of Political Ideas and Institutions in Ancient India
  • History of India, Vol. -I Romila Thapar
  • The Wonder That was India -A.L. Basham

Books for Medieval India

  • A History of South India -K.A. Nilkantha Sastri
  • Ancient India and Indian Archaeology Archaeological Survey of India
  • Ashoka & Decline of the Maurya -Romila Thapar
  • Indian Feudalism -R.S. Sharma
  • Material culture & Social Formation in Ancient India -R.S. Sharma
  • Medieval India (Macmillan) -Satish Chandra
  • Medieval India (NCERT) -Satish Chandra
  • The Agrarian System of Mughal India 1556-1707 -Irfan Habib
  • The Marathas -Gordon
  • The Mughal Empire -J.F. Richards
  • The Wonder That was India (Volume.2) -S.A.A. Rizvi
  • Urban Dynamics -H.C. Verma

Books for Modern India

  • Anatomy of the Raj (PPH) -Suhash Chakravarty
  • Freedom Struggle (NbT) -Bipan Chandra & others
  • Gandhi -B.R. Nanda
  • Gandhi -Judith Brown
  • India’s Struggle for Independence -Bipan Chandra
  • Modern India (Macmillan) -Sumit Sarkar
  • Modern India (NCERT) -Bipan Chandra
  • Peasant Movements in India -D.N. Dhanagare
  • The Raj Syndrome (Penguins) -Suhash Chakravarty
  • VAID’s Fundamentals of History Series
  • Administrative History -Pravin Kumar
  • Constitutional History -Pravin Kumar
  • Social History -Pravin Kumar
  • Freedom Struggle -Pravin Kumar

Books for World History

  • Age of Capital -E.J. Hobsbawm
  • Age of Empires -E.J. Hobsbawm
  • Age of Revolution- E.J. Hobsbawm
  • Contemporary World History (NCERT) -Arjun Dev –
  • Europe Since 1815 -W.C. Craig
  • Europe Since 1870 -James Joll.
  • Europe Since Napoleon -David Thompson
  • Industry & Empire -E.J. Hobsbawm
  • The social basis of Democracy & Dictatorship -B.J. Moore
  • The Mainstream of Civilization -Strayer, Gatzke & Harbison
  • The story of Civilization, Vol. 2 (NCERT) -Arjun Dev

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