A History of India : The Great Courses: Civilization & Culture

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Michael H. Fisher
  • Series: The Great Courses: Civilization & Culture
  • 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Over 5,000 years, India has been home to a rich tapestry of peoples and cultures. Two of the world's great religions - Hinduism and Buddhism - have their origins in South Asia, and the lands east of the Indus River have long been a central hub for trade, migration, and cultural exchange. Today the subcontinent contains 20 percent of the world's population and is a thriving center for global business, making this region one of most significant economic powerhouses in the world.
Go inside this thrilling story with A History of India, a breathtaking survey of South Asia from its earliest societies along the Indus and Ganges rivers through the modern challenges of the 21st century. These 36 sweeping lectures enable you to understand the epic scope of the subcontinent's history. Perhaps the most important facet of this history is how diverse the region truly is. Roughly the size of continental Europe, India - along with its neighbors, Pakistan and Bangladesh - contains a myriad of ethnic groups, socioeconomic classes, religions, and cultural mores.
In this wide-ranging investigation, you'll:

Meet the many religious communities that have coexisted in India, including Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians
Delve into the legacies of the Mauryan Empire, the Mughal Empire, and British colonialism - three of the few governments that ever unified the subcontinent
Witness the fight for independence from European powers and the partition of the region into the countries of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh in the 20th century
Consider the challenges and opportunities faced by this area today, from expanding urbanization to the vast need for energy sources to the ongoing heated debates about national identity

Professor Fisher, who has traveled and taught in South Asia for decades, reveals this complex narrative with skill and compelling insights.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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An outstanding, epic and memorable lecture series!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this excellent lecture series. It is very clear from the outset that Professor Michael H. Fisher speaks with a wealth of personal experience and his knowledge about the history and development of this vast country is second-to-none.

There are 36 lectures in total, each one logically flows one after the other, and is packed full of fascinating details, vivid descriptions, anecdotes and biographical notes about key events and people that helped influence the country. No stone is left unturned and some very difficult subject matter (e.g socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, religious, environmental and political aspects) are expertly and sensitively covered.

In fact, I would love to hear a similar account of other SE Asian neighbouring countries such as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka.

A joy to listen to and a wonderful addition to my audiobook library indeed!
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- Adisha

Too much for one course

So I was interested in this book as my wife's parents are Indian and I wanted to understand more of their culture and heritage.
I feel like this course tried to bite off way more than it could chew. It glazed over so many different subjects giving a half hour lecture at most to any key point or figure. I feel as though you could have a great courses series on any of these topics, Hinduism, the Mongul Empire, British Colonialism, Mahatma Gandhi, the partition. All of these are touched on but none of them explored.
The course lecturer is clearly very knowledgeable of his subject and one you feel that he understands in part from personal experience, however I was left feeling as though this should be an overview for other modules and not a course in and of itself.
If you want a Potted History of India then look no further, for an insight into India and what has shaped it you will need to look elsewhere.
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- Mark Roberts

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-05-2016
  • Publisher: The Great Courses