History & Civics - Class X Resources

The following list of online resources are provided as a sample of curated resources. New resources shall be added as we come across interesting and relevant online materials.

1. Guru Rinpoche’s Prophecy About the Birth of the Fourth King

Description:  This is an article contributed by Dasho(Dr) Sonam Kinga. The sixth paragraph of the article mentions Terton Drukdra Dorji’s revelation of Guru Rinpoche’s prophecy about the birth of the fourth king. 

Core Concepts:  Birth prophecy of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck by Guru Rinpoche

Link: Webpage on significance of the birth of the Gyalsey

2. Terton Drukdra Dorji’s Prophecy

Description:  Terton Drukdra Dorji’s prophecy, which was reproduced in English, from a manuscript from the National Library of Bhutan, is presented in this article. 

Core Concepts:  Birth prophecy of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck by Guru Rinpoche

Link: Webpage on rare Royal Namzas 

3. Gross National Happiness

Description:  An introductory article for Gross National Happiness, presented on the website of The Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations in New York , powered by Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The article presents the genesis of the concept of GNH, it four pillars, and the current objective of poverty eradication. 

Core Concepts:  King Jigme Singye Wangchuck as a selfless leader—Bodhisattva King.

Link: Webpage on Gross National Happiness

4. An Introduction to GNH

Description:  Dasho Karma Ura’s keynote lecture on The Economics of Happiness at Schumacher College. His speech covers institutional history of GNH, concept on GNH and the happiness oriented society. 

Core Concepts:  King Jigme Singye Wangchuck as a selfless leader—Bodhisattva King

Link: Webpage on an introduction to GNH

5. Coronation Ceremony of His Majesty the King as the Fifth Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan

Description:  These YouTube videos present live coverage by the BBS of the formal Coronation Ceremony of His Majesty The King as the Fifth Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan. These videos will help the students describe the coronation of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Core Concepts:  Significance of the historic events of the Coronation and the Royal wedding of Druk Gyalpo Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Link: Video on Bhutan Coronation

6. The Royal Wedding Ceremony

Description:  These video present highlights of the Royal Wedding ceremony covered by BBS. The students can infer the setting, sequence of events, and the significance of the historic event. 

Core Concepts:  Significance of the historic events of the Coronation and the Royal Wedding of Druk Gyalpo Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Link: Video on Bhutan's Royal wedding highlights

7. The Royal Wedding of Druk Gyalpo Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Description:  October 13, 2011 BBS report on Royal Wedding ceremony of His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck at Punakha presents the synopsis of the historic event.

Core Concepts:  Significance of the historic events of the coronation and the Royal Wedding of Druk Gyalpo Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Link: Webpage on The Royal Matrimony, The Queen is Crowned 

8. The Royal Kashos on Civil Service and Education

Description:  The two kashos (Royal edict) on the reforms decreed for the education and civil service issued symbolically on December 17, 2020.

Core Concepts:  His Majesty’s vision for the people of Bhutan, and Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck as the People’s King.

Link: Webpage on the Royal Kashos on Civil Service and Education

9. The Birth of the Prince His Royal Highness Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck

Description:  The significance of the birth of Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.

Core Concepts:  The significance of the birth of Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.

Link: Webpage on significance of the Birth of the Prince His Royal Highness Gyalsey 

10. Civil Society

Description:  This is a brief Khan Academy video explaining essential components and defining features of civil society. It explains what a civil society is and what it is not by highlighting on the relevant stakeholders or players of civil society.

Core Concepts:  Concept of civil society as the third sector.

Link: Video on Civil Society

11. The State

Description:  This video defines a state by outlining its concept and characteristics. It also explains the difference between state and government. 

Core Concepts:  Difference between state and government.

Link: Video on the State

12. Medieval Historiography

Description:  A well-structured and reliable PDF notes on medieval historiography. It also has appended exercises and further suggested readings. 

Core Concepts:  Medieval and modern traditions of historical writing.

Link: PDF on Medieval Historiography

13. Modern Historiography

Description:  This video presents a conceptual definition of the modern historiography outlining its four important characteristics. The video trail blazes the development of modern historiography. 

Core Concepts:  Medieval and modern traditions of historical writing.

Link: Video on Modern Historiography

14. Indus Valley Civilization

Description:  This instructional video by Khan Academy explores the history of Indus Valley Civilization and its features such as: technological innovations, art, architectural practices, and agriculture. 

Core Concepts:  Indus valley civilization, features and decline.

Link: Video on Indus river valley civilizations

15. Age of Exploration

Description:  This video presents a crash course on European History. It talks about how Europeans were very busy traveling and exploring the world to trade, to spread religion, and in a lot of cases to try and conquer other people. It also presents how European innovation and advancement in 15th and 16th centuries led to the exploration of the world like never before, and the resulting consequences of these explorations. 

Core Concepts:  Age of enlightenment and the idea of exploration.

Link: Video on Age of Exploration

16. Map of Columbian Exchange

Description:  A very pictorial and apt map to illustrate the concept of Columbian exchange at a glance to the students. 

Core Concepts:  The effects of Columbian exchange to the world.

Link: Map of Columbian Exchange

17. Maritime Empires Established

Description:  This video presents the establishment of sea-based (maritime) empires and the effects those empires had on the world. It also presents the kind of influence these empires had on Africa and Asia, the kind of rivalries that spurred imperial expansion on, and the labour systems that kept everything running.

Core Concepts:  Colonisation of America, Africa and Asia

Link: Video on Maritime Empires established

18. Maritime Empires Developed & Maintained

Description:  This video presents two things: what economic strategies did sea-based empires use to increase their power, and how did the development of these empires affect political, economic, and religious cultural dynamics in the places where they existed.

Core Concepts:  Colonisation of America, Africa and Asia.

Link: Video on Maritime Empires developed & maintained 

19. Buddhism: Context and Comparison

Description:  It is a Khan Academy instructional video which presents the contextual factors leading to the emergence of Buddhism. It particularly sheds light on why did Buddhism (as a social cultural movement) emerge when and where it did. 

Core Concepts:  Factors for the rise of socio-cultural movements and significance of liberal ideas on socio-cultural awakening.

Link: Video on Buddhism: context and comparison

20. Early Buddhism

Description:  This instructional video by Khan Academy is an introduction to Siddhartha Gautama and Buddhism. 

Core Concepts:  Life and teachings of Lord Buddha.

Link: Video on early Buddhism